Sometimes the solution has nothing to do with the problem.
“Step outside for a while – calm your mind. It is better to hug a tree than to bang your head against a wall continually”
Generally there are two approaches one can take to changing their lot through helping themselves:
1. COGNITIVE APPROACH
2. BEHAVIOURAL ACTIVATION
- This involves conceptualizing our problem in some way and than evaluating what we are thinking for validity
- And finding more adaptive ways to interpreting our current situation
- This is the premise to cognitive interventions in cognitive behavioural therapy
- Although this method seems less deep (i.e., more superficial), there is evidence that it is more effective on average than the cognitive approach mentioned above
The best place to succeed is where you are with what you have.
- This is a more proactive way to increase our activity levels, even if we don’t feel like it in the beginning
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
- It’s about making your life meaningful AND pleasurable again
- Read more about an approach to using Behavioural activation as a check to negative mood: mood formula.