Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts
cause our feelings and behaviors. The benefit of this fact is that we
can change the way we think to
feel / act better even if the situation does not change.
This is a quote I found on a website, to give you a basic definition. The way I use cbt is to challenge the negative thoughts that I have that cause me to have anxiety. For example, if I'm feeling light headed, instead of letting my imagination run with it and think that I'm going to pass out or fall or die, I will stop those thoughts, sometimes by actually saying stop out loud and then replacing those negative thoughts with positive ones like, I've been light headed many times before and nothing bad has ever happened, I will not pass out or die, If I allow the lightheadedness to be there it will go alot quicker than if I try to fight it or continue to scare myself. Does that make sense? I also use deep breathing techniques while I'm restructuring my thinking. I'll breath in to a count of four and then say relax and breath out to a count of 4. It takes time for cbt and deep breathing to work, so try not to get frustrated and give up, if you keep at it, it will work. There is alot of information about cbt on the internet if you'd like to look it up, or you could check your library or amazon for books on the topic...there's alot out there! Hope this helps.