By Beth Levine
So stressed you could scream? This simple strategy can take you from panic to
peace in a single phrase.
We all know what it's like to be on the brink of losing it. Overstuffed
schedules, the competing demands of family and work, the sting of setbacks and
disappointments, and the trauma of a troubled economy can gang up to push us
near the edge of the ledge. But a surprisingly easy and effective technique can
help us avert meltdown. Repeating a positive, personal phrase — a meaningful
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.