Hello everyone! Thanks for sharing this space with me, I really love writing to you. Hopefully there is someone reading this. Even if not, I still find this rather fun.
Fun. Joy. Keywords that I hear my clients say over and over again. People want to have fun and enjoyment in their life. A happy life is a good life? Right? Well yes. But having emotions that are not just pigeonholed into one box is also a good life. You can be mad, and sad, and angry and all those other feelings and still have a good life. Matter of how we shape our own thoughts.
Let’s chat CBT
Cognitive behavioural therapy. The time-tested crowd favourite. Learning how to think about our thoughts. That metacognition, the bases of all psychologist skill set.
As Provisional Psychologist is this concept something that you use more and more. Take it into your everyday life outside of the field. I know for me, I used to live everyday thinking about my thoughts, what they felt like, what they looked like, what they sounded like. Now as a Provisional Psychologist I am even more aware and vigilant.
What I thought other people thought off me? Do you get this in a professional sense? For example are you living in imposter syndrome or even a hero syndrome? Striving for prefect and feeling burnt out? Is this having a direct impact on your own thoughts about yourself in this space? For me it feels like my brain is constantly bombarding me with thoughts. This takes away from fun and joy and all of those colourful words we like to use.
The benefits of CBT are vast and many. If it feels like there are so many ways to approach it. That’s because there is, generally speaking. A top tip that I find myself coming back too. Keep notes of what you’re learning. Track it. Use CBT methods on yourself. What are your statements of fact? How can you think about your cognition? What are you doing in your life that is not connected to work? Where is your fun? This job is a lot. So many moving parts and lots of responsibilities that feel heavy. Use the skills your becoming an expert in and implement it into your life.
If you try too hard, or chase too hard, or put so much strain on yourself. You will burnout. I am learning that the hard way. Give 95! But keep 5% of it for yourself. Than scale it back so it becomes and equilibrium of 50-50.
Your truthful and grounding prov friend
Dana@boutique psychology – St Kilda Victoria.