What I truly love about cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders is the idea of focusing on the here, and now. Unlike traditional therapy where they dive deep into your past history for what seems like an eternity with no results. Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders should be looked as as a kind of course that teaches you various life skills.
Thoughts, emotions and behaviors are all connected in cognitive behavioral therapy. The idea that you have control over your thoughts and emotions, ultimately leads to controlling your behaviors. Take for example a scenario at work. You dread this one situation each and everyday, and every time it comes up you can feel your anxiety levels rising. Ultimately this could lead to a full blown anxiety attack.
What Cognitive Behavioral Therapy does is it conditions you to understand that it’s not so much the situation, but your thoughts and reactions to the situation that causes your heightened anxiety levels
Imagine going through your daily life having brought your stress and anxiety levels down from a level 8 or 9, to a 3 or 4. Well that’s what cognitive behavioral therapy does, and it’s done in through a few powerful ways:
1) Re-training Proper Breathing, Mental Imagery And Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Re-learning ways to properly breathe through the diaphragm, visualization and muscle relaxation are all ways to promote relaxation for your mind, your emotions and your physical body.
2) Cognitive Re-structuring
Many people who experience full blown panic attacks and suffer from constant high levels of anxiety, tend to catastrophize as well as discount the positives in their lives. These types as well as other patterns of thinking only fuels the process of an anxiety disorder. What cognitive behavioral therapy does is it gets anxiety sufferers out of the ‘all or nothing’ mentality, and focuses on a proven process to end their stressors naturally.
3) Create Balanced Rational Thought Patterns To Eliminate Anxiety Naturally
The most important part of step 3 is the recognition and reversal of the automatic thought process current sufferers from an anxiety disorder have. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps the sufferer understand the true likeliness of their fears, and eliminates the cycle of adding fearful thoughts to an initial thought. CBT conditions anxiety sufferers to see things in another ‘light,’ that will take them out of the anxiety and panic cycle in the quickest way possible.
The best thing about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is that it takes you out of the ‘do-nothingism’ stage!
This is a cycle that keeps people in their stress and worry cycle much longer then they truly need to. CBT promotes action, and naturally begins to set you on a path to doing those pleasurable things in your life that you truly want to do.
Many people who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, depression or other mental health issues live in the ‘failure’ category constantly. Feeling like they’re not worthy, things will never change etc. Through cognitive behavioral therapy sufferers quickly begin looking at the world through a different, more satisfying pair of eyes.