CBT – reframing events for immediate wellbeing
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy offers a systematic was to help people become aware of how negative thoughts affect their feelings and subsequent behaviour. I recently overheard someone say ‘My partner was so irritated the other day – she went to collect someone from the airport and the plane was delayed’. The partner went on to bemoan the wasted time and, as a result, their whole morning was seen in “a negative light”.
This is a good example of how seeing things in a negative light escalates and disempowers. What was the individual’s choice? They could say ‘I got up early this morning to collect someone from the airport – and then found I had the morning free – time for myself! What would I like to do for myself now?’
Changing our thoughts into empowering statements rather than negative ones, is a key apsect of CBT. To re-frame events positively provides immediate alleviation of mood and empowers individuals to see new opportunities and act accordingly.
We often need help in seeing our habitual ways of thinking and behaving and this is where CBT can help.