We all have “ups” and “downs” in our mood. This is a natural and healthy part of life.
However, sometimes, our “ups” and “downs” stop us from doing what we want to do in our day. We become overwhelmed by things out of our control as we try to juggle jobs, financial problems, family, friends and health problems. Unfortunately, this can affect our enjoyment in things, our concentration levels, our sleeping and even our energy levels.
As humans, we tend to beat ourselves up over things. We subconsciously punish ourselves and tell ourselves that it is “not okay to feel down” about things. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, otherwise known as CBT, is the idea that,
“It is okay to be upset or anxious about things.”
So rather than beating ourselves up about our thoughts, let’s think rationally to work through them!” Another way to conceptualise CBT is by thinking of your negative thoughts as a person you don’t particularly like walking toward you down a narrow footpath. You can either turn around and walk back the way you came or you could walk awkwardly past that person while ignoring them. CBT is the same as looking that person you don’t like in the eye and giving them a brief but polite nod or “hello” as you walk past them to go about your day.
CBT starts off with something as simple as acknowledging that,
“if someone else was going through all the things that I was going through right now, they’d surely be feeling the same way I do…and that’s okay…”
It often takes someone objective and professional to help you retrain your thoughts like this. As an AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Lauren can support you to work through your problems, to help you problem solve and improve your mood.
If you would like help improving your mood and getting the most out of life, then don’t hesitate to contact Lauren for further information and advice.
Please note, though, that sometimes physical health problems such as iron deficiency or autoimmune conditions can mimic symptoms of depression and anxiety. Wellness SA, therefore encourages you to see your local doctor for initial advice before we help you with therapy. If you do not have a regular local doctor, you are more than welcome to book an appointment with Dr David Lam for a bulk-billed consultation at Lincoln Medical Centre. Dr David Lam is a General Practitioner (GP) with accreditation in Mental Health Skills. Click on the link below to find out more.
Please note as well, if you are requiring immediate emergency help or advice, we advise you to go immediately to your nearest Emergency Department for help or call SA Mental Health Triage on 131465.