Cognitive behaviour management is an interactive therapy between the client and counsellor that can help one manage their problems by changing their ways of thinking and behaviour. It is commonly used to reduce anxiety and depressive thoughts. However, it can be used to treat other mental and physical health problems. No matter how hard therapists try to help a client deal with these disorders, the victim needs to focus more on their self-improvement. Therefore, seven significant steps can help a client take themselves through treatment after having a word with their therapist. These include calming their thoughts when they are in a tense situation, identifying the stressful situation, analyzing their moods, identifying automatic thoughts and other thought patterns, finding objective, supportive evidence, and much more.
Of all the seven steps required for an individual to effectively implement a self-management plan on themselves, the first one carries much weight, which is to calm themselves (Carpenter, Andrew & Smith, 2018). In our definition of cognitive behaviour, anxiety was one of the mentioned aspects. Therefore these racing thoughts are what makes an individual have a hard time thinking clearly and at times, other body parts are affected, such that one’s body temperature rising. Therefore, one needs to calm so that they can be in control of what is happening around them. The second step for this treatment is identifying the situation (David, Cristea& Hofmann, 2018). The client seeking medication should recognize the problem that is making them anxious and try to look for a possible way to manage it.
Analyzing one’s mood is another strategy that is used—knowing what attitude that one is in, can go a long way in helping them analyze every other aspect of what is happening around them and be in control (Hayes& Hofmann,2017). The fourth step in the management of cognitive behaviour is identifying automatic thoughts. These are thoughts that include statements like ‘must’. Such controlling thoughts can be significantly limiting in one’s life and therefore lead to depressive thoughts after one realizes that things cannot be how they want them to be (Linardon& Wade, 2017). It is therefore wise for one to be flexible in all situations and be keen to eradicate automatic thoughts that are negative hence leading to stress.
The fifth step is to find objective, supportive evidence. This can be said to be clear evidence of automatic thoughts that keep coming to mind randomly, in other words (Carpenter, Andrew& Smits, 2018). Such evidence includes one analyzing if they messed in a particular situation or is it just their regular negative thought pattern that is speaking. Having proof like a negative statement from a board of directors about their presentation can be easy to deal with, than just being paranoid about the exhibition. The sixth step is finding objective contradictory evidence. This is somewhat opposite to the previously discussed point since it encourages an individual to find evidence on the positive thoughts that they seem to be pushing away (Hayes & Hofmann, 2017). This can include a common belief in owning a house, having such ideas as them not deserving, or they are not ready to hold them. Such thought should be dealt with.
The last step is identifying fair and balanced thoughts. Individuals seeking cognitive therapy are encouraged only to allow thoughts that are fair and positive. Simply because these will lead to them balancing other aspects of their lives since thoughts are what make people who they are. When one observes all these seven steps, then they can be good to go. In summary, cognitive behaviour management helps one understand what exactly lies behind negative emotions and moods. It allows one to deal with negative thoughts at a personal level. With proper guidance from therapists, an individual goes through a unique diet program that helps boost the physical parts that are affected.