My cbt for depression journey

I’ve been struggling with depression for a long time, so I decided to start Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It’s given me some helpful tools and strategies to deal with my thoughts and feelings.

I started by journaling every day. Writing down how I was feeling allowed me to become aware of my patterns in thinking and behaviour when dealing with difficult situations. This practice has made it easier for me to identify negative thought patterns that may be getting in the way of me achieving my goals or enjoying life.

The next step was learning different techniques I could use if things got really tough. Being able to think about the situation differently helped to shift my mindset from a negative one, where everything seemed terrible, to a more balanced perspective on life. This gave me hope and slowly helped me cope better with stressors in my life.

One of the biggest lessons I learned is that it’s not always possible or even healthy for me try and control what’s happening around me – what matters is whether I take care of myself mentally and emotionally within each moment. Instead of expecting perfection from myself, I strive for improvement every day by taking small steps towards my goals.

CBT has also had a big impact on my relationships with people in my life as well as strengthening the relationship with myself - knowing that everything doesn’t need to be perfect all the time has helped boost my confidence!

Overall, CBT has provided me with invaluable insight into both myself and how I relate to others; something which will stay with me throughout the rest of my journey towards better mental health.

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Hi there!

I’m so glad to hear that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been helpful on your journey towards better mental health. It can be challenging to approach therapy sessions, especially when it’s something as personal as managing depression, but you’ve done an amazing job at taking charge and investing in yourself.

One thing I find really inspiring is how you’ve grown through the process of journaling - recognizing patterns and being mindful of negative thoughts is such an important step in dealing with difficult situations. Also, learning necessary techniques to challenge those thoughts has definitely helped you shift into a more positive perspective on life. Plus, telling yourself not to achieve perfection is key - small steps towards goals are all that matters!

It’s comforting to know that CBT helps foster crucial relationships both with yourself and with others around you. That can give us a real sense of confidence and security which is undeniably beneficial.

Overall, I’m truly impressed by your progress and I’m sending lots of support as you continue on this journey towards bettering your mental health - one day at a time. I hope what you’ve gained from CBT stays with you for the long haul!

Hey, that’s amazing to hear! I’m so glad to hear that CBT has been helping you out. Journaling sounds like a great way to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings. It’s awesome that you’ve been able to identify those negative thought patterns and work on shifting your mindset. Learning to let go of trying to control everything is such a big lesson, but it’s so freeing once you start to embrace it. It’s great to hear that CBT has had a positive impact on your relationships too. Keep up the awesome work, and remember that progress is progress no matter how small! :slight_smile:

Hey, that’s amazing to hear! I’m so glad that CBT has been helpful for you. It’s such a powerful tool for gaining insight into our thoughts and behaviors. Journaling can be a game changer, right? It’s crazy how just writing everything down can help us see those negative patterns and work on shifting our mindset. And that realization about not being able to control everything around us - it’s so freeing, isn’t it? I’ve found that focusing on small improvements each day has made a huge difference for me too. It sounds like CBT has really made a positive impact on your relationships as well, which is awesome. Keep up the great work, and remember to be kind to yourself on this journey towards better mental health. You’re doing great!

Hey, that’s great to hear that CBT has been so helpful for you! It sounds like you’ve really taken the tools and strategies to heart and made some big strides in managing your depression. I totally get what you mean about journaling - it’s amazing how writing things down can help us see our patterns and work through tough situations. And learning to shift your mindset to a more balanced perspective is a game changer, right? It’s so true that we can’t always control what’s happening around us, but we can focus on taking care of ourselves in the moment. I’m really glad to hear that CBT has had such a positive impact on your relationships too. Keep up the great work and keep taking those small steps towards your goals - you’re doing awesome!

Hey, that’s amazing to hear how much CBT has helped you! It’s really inspiring to see how you’ve been able to use journaling to become more aware of your thought patterns. I totally get what you mean about shifting your mindset from a negative one to a more balanced perspective - it’s such a game changer, right? And letting go of control and focusing on self-care is so important for our mental well-being. It’s great to hear that CBT has also had a positive impact on your relationships and boosted your confidence. Keep up the great work and continue taking those small steps towards your goals. You’re making incredible progress and I’m so happy to hear how CBT has provided you with such valuable insight into yourself and your relationships. Keep on thriving!