Sunday, October 20, 2013
I mention in my blurb about this therapy. Basically it is a form of goal setting, with the aim of reducing depression by becoming more active and less prone to ruminating. I started off well, planned a week ahead what tasks I hoped to do, and managed to achieve a number of them. There were then little hiccups and eventually I slipped out of the habit of planning my goals, let alone achieving them. Tonight, I have written out my goals for this coming week, and am optimistic that I will achieve at least some of them.
One problem that led to a hiatus was that I became a bit too ambitious and added in too many goals, when I couldn't achieve a lot of them I ended up doing none. I've pared back the list to what it should be - that is, achievable.
When I managed to do a number of the tasks the first couple of weeks, it made quite a difference to me. I slept better, felt more optimistic and cheerful, and to my delight, I had a bit more energy.
Knowing how much good Behaviour Activation is for me I am motivated to return to it, and hope to keep it up indefinitely. Soon you should be reading posts about tasks I've managed to do, and how good it has made me feel!