One of my favorite approaches in therapy is called solution-focused brief therapy, SFBT for short. Inside of this approach, there's a particular tool I often like to utilize, both with the patients that I work with, and with friends and families when they're dealing with a particular issue. But before I give it away with... Continue Reading →
What is the main job of the mind? I ask this question a lot since it is typically one of the main attributes which needs to be addressed in working with others (and myself) in that we often get stuck in our thoughts because of our minds primary job. Think about those times when you... Continue Reading →
In a sense, anxiety is a future oriented way of preparing for something that we perceive might be detrimental to our well being. I might fail this test, I might not have enough money to do X, or is this soreness in my back something worse than just a muscle pull. Anxiety in and of... Continue Reading →
In order for us to truly ingrain a new behavior, we need to do it with a great amount of frequency, consistency and intensity plus have a state of mind that is more adaptable so that when something gets in the way and disrupts our intentions we can still move forward. If we don’t come up with an overall plan, then it is less likely that the new behavior is going to stick and more likely that we will return to the old behavior due to this behavior being something we have been reinforcing with frequency and consistency such as mindlessly eating sweets or grabbing whatever is nearby us for lunch.
Yet another reason that stresses the importance of mindfulness and the real benefit of having a consistent practice. Are you creating this moment by moment experience, this presence where you currently are, or are you living in an echo chamber?
A short discussion about the importance of mindfulness and the effects that having a mindfulness practice can have on enhancing your life and dealing with difficult emotional states like depression or anxiety.
In order to create a new neural pathway in the brain (and therefore modify older behaviors or create new ones) you need to create a system that allows you to be able to pay attention to what it is you are doing. This can be using a log, a fitbit or other tracker, an application on your phone or, as I explain in detail in my last article, creating a chain analysis of the behavior you wish to target.