Today was a bit rough in terms of anxiety. Tomorrow is the start of my 8th week in therapy. I decided to take some time to look at the handouts I have accumulated over the last 7 weeks. A lot of these handouts are CBT related. For those of you who do not know Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the best and most popilar types of therapies out there. It can also be applied to almost anything. It can be used by someone witha severe anxiety disorder or even someone who just wants to eat healthier. There are also many variations of it specific to different situations.
One problem with it is that it takes a lot of work. There is usually homework every week.Getting people to do homework is difficult, and therapists do not want to make it like school so the homework is not mandatory. You can get great success from just going through different exercises during the sessions, but to get the full long term effects, you should really do the homework. I have decided that since this is week 8 I need to be more serious about this aspect of the program. Tonight, I am going to write a mock letter to my boss in my journal. I am also going to make photo copies of some of the worksheets so that I have enough copies to do the exercises this week as well as in the future. I am also going to set a goal to do that this week so that I actually do!
Why am I telling you all this? Well because as a person with a degree in psychology I know that if you really want to do something. You need to tell as many people as possible that you are going to do it. This provides extra incentive to do it since it would be embarassing not to do something that you announced publicly you were going to do.