Ways to Relieve Stress and Depression

Cognitive behaviour therapy can help to improve mood and relieve stress. Try these techniques to become your own therapist.

BY: 50Plus

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Cognitive behaviour therapy can help to improve mood and relieve stress. Try these techniques to become your own therapist. If a driver cut you off on your way to work, how would you react? Would you curse and speed up to yell at him? Would it ruin your day?

A healthier reaction might be to say to yourself, “thank goodness he didn’t hit me.” “Learning to look at situations objectively, instead of being led by our emotional reasoning, and thinking more realistically about each situation, can improve our overall mental health,” says Nasreen Khatri, Baycrest clinical psychologist, Clinician Leader of the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic. Dr. Khatri, who heads up the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) program at Baycrest, teaches CBT techniques to clients who are depressed or anxious but she says almost anyone can use these techniques each day to improve mood and relieve stress.

Although the premise of CBT is that maladaptive patterns of thinking can bring about depression and anxiety in those who are prone, negative thinking patterns can affect all of us.

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