When it comes to problem solving, getting enough sleep may truly be the
secret to success.
Take the case of Kate Miller, the owner of Charlie's Playhouse, a maker of
science education toys. Miller had been wrestling with a problem for weeks. But
one morning the answer popped into her mind as she woke up. She wanted to
design a game that would teach kids about natural selection while letting them
run around and have fun.
"It was the sleep that brought it all together," says Miller, 42, of
CBT can help you notice thoughts that make you feel bad. You learn to stop these thoughts and replace them with helpful ones.
An example might be repeating a put-down to yourself. Or you may focus on one small criticism from your boss, while forgetting the good comments. With CBT, you learn ways to change these thoughts, so you feel better about yourself.
Doing things that help you stay positive is another part of CBT. For example, you might visit friends more or make a schedule to help manage your time. Relieving stress or getting plenty of sleep can help too.
Working with a counselor
You might choose to work with a counselor. A counselor can help you learn to use CBT. Ask your doctor, family, or friends if they can recommend someone.
Before choosing a counselor, call ahead of time for a short interview. You can ask the counselor if he or she has training in CBT and uses it often. Choose someone you feel comfortable with. Get more tips on finding a counselor.
If you often have upsetting thoughts, watch for signs of depression.