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Behavioural Activation

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!
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JUSTYNA7 10/28/2013 11:24PM

    When I decided to walk the Rideau Trail... oh my goodness what a memory... I was in my recliner that will raise me to standing. Walking 25 steps was agony, like walking on glass. I realized that I had a choice, stay in that chair or decide NOT to. My only goal was to walk the trail, over 300 km and I had no idea how to do that. I did it one step at a time. My first year I had not even left the starting city of Ottawa. It took me 5 years to reach my goal to get to Kingston and a LOT of people had to help me.

I think you are absolutley right. Choose one or two goals and make everything about them. I love that when I first joined Spark People I was on a thread where I was complaining about always failing. I wish I remember who gave me this advice, but she said "you can't fail in SP, you just keep practicing until you get it right. If you can't meet this goal then maybe your goal is too hard.... for now.... choose something you KNOW you can succeed at... like "log in to SP every day" and make it a streak. 21 days. Do it with one thing and show yourself you can succeed." Thanks to that person I started to see my life differently. I started looking for successes and being a lot more gentle with myself.

You are on a road many of us have been on. I AM Happy you are still here!

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MOTHEPRO 10/25/2013 6:35PM

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/25/2013 5:06PM

    I have done the same thing with my goals. I get excited to try to do new things and get overwhelmed. I hope this week was better for you and emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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KITTYCAT64 10/21/2013 10:05PM

    So hard to do sometiimes. I have to sit on myself when it comes to doing too much. Keep moving forward, just a little slower. I couldn't walk to the top of my driveway three months ago, I just did a little more each day. No extra pain and exhaustion. Stay focused. You are doing awesome.

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KITTYCAT64 10/21/2013 10:04PM

    So hard to do sometiimes. I have to sit on myself when it comes to doing too much. Keep moving forward, just a little slower. I couldn't walk to the top of my driveway three months ago, I just did a little more each day. No extra pain and exhaustion. Stay focused. You are doing awesome.

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MARIELLELAMAR1 10/20/2013 3:56PM

    Way to go girl!! emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 10/20/2013 2:36PM

    You can do it...I have faith in you.

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