I started CBT a little over a year ago when I began seeing a therapist. One of my most major issues was just not having any energy or caring about
anything. I was so deep in the dark that even doing something simple like taking a shower seemed so overwhelming. My therapist said it starts with baby steps and my first baby step was to "force" myself to simply take a shower and my therapist said that although it was something so simple, I would feel like I accomplished something. So, my first goal was getting out of bed and taking a shower and you know after a few weeks of forcing myself to do this simple little task, I did see what she meant by feeling like I had accomplished a goal. As each week passed my therapist and I would set a new goal for the following week and that was my "homework". Like I said, it might have been something as simple as showering or making my bed but those little goals can make a huge difference in how you feel and your self-worth and just get you going. I still struggle every day with my anxiety and there are a lot of bad days but each day I do get up and set at least one goal for the day that I "force" myself to do and in time I don't have to "force" myself to do it, I just do it without thinking. For me it's all about
setting goals and changing how I think and changing my behavior and how I "react" as well. Things slowly started getting better and I am now working full-time and actually accomplishing stuff. Not saying I don't come home from work and crawl onto my couch and stay there the rest of the day cause that does happen a lot. It's all about
baby steps and focus and sometimes just shear willpower and stubborness towards ourself.
LET US BE GRATEFUL TO PEOPLE WHO MAKE US HAPPY.
THEY ARE THE CHARMING GARDENERS WHO MAKE OUR SOULS BLOSSOM.
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002. Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.