Anxiety

When I meet new clients I often find that some of the ways they’ve been attempting to cope with their problems are likely to have been making their problems worse. In fact, its common that...

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On page 9 of this pdf you will find a couple of delightfully simple informal mindfulness exercises. The first one is a mindful showering exercise. If you’re reading that, you’ll know you’re on the right...

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Ever get the feeling that you’re behaving in ways that are consistent with your values? To help overcome this, you might like to try getting clearer on what your values actually are. A therapy called...

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Susan has the belief that’s its good to spend money enjoying herself now since there are no guarantees she won’t be run over by a bus tomorrow. Her partner Patrick has the belief that its...

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DIY Psychological Detective Challenge

February 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’ve previously written (e.g., here and here) about how people generally understand that their Thoughts/feelings impact their Behaviour But often fail to recognize how their Behaviour impacts their Thoughts/feelings In my experience, even very smart...

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This post is a long one because it contains instructions for one of the most important Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills. You might want to print it – If you click on the blog post...

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How to Measure Your Happiness

January 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’ve previously written about how people make mistakes in predicting how happy something will make them (The rate of divorces is a good example of this mis-prediction). Or to put it another way, people make...

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Exercise is extremely helpful for reducing anxiety (its an important component of treatment for anxiety and depression). People who are anxious sometimes avoid vigorous exercise because the physical sensations of exertion (consciously or unconsciously) remind...

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I write a lot on this blog about balanced thinking skills. The following is one easy experiment to try. Step 1: Think about something that causes you worry/anxiety. Pick a specific worry (e.g. how a...

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A couple of weeks ago, I watched an interesting Fora.tv talk by psychology PhD Dr Matt Walker (a Professor at University of California, Berkley). Most of the talk was about how sleep affects learning and...

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