Healthy Routines

Using Steve Job’s Quote To Make Important Changes & Fous Your Time On What Matters

Last week’s posts was about the similarities between sense of coherence and the serenity prayer.   I will continue with inspirational quotes.   Steve Jobs, who was one of the founders of Apple, made a famous speech to the graduating students of Stanford in 2005.   The speech reminds us of our limited time on…

Healthy Routines

A Summary Of Strategies For Increasing Sense Of Coherence Which Increase Resilience To Stress

Today’s post concludes the posts on Antonovsky’s concept Sense of Coherence.   What determines whether stress will be harmful or not is whether or not the stress violates our sense of coherence.   The sense of coherence is the extent to which one has a pervasive, enduring and dynamic feeling of confidence that stressful situations…

Anxiety & Mood | Healthy Routines

A summary of how to handle anxiety provoking thoughts

Cognitive distortions, also called thought traps, are anxiety inducing thought patterns. They are ways of thinking that seem true but are in fact not reasonable, realistic or relevant to the situation. Noticing when we are using thought traps and countering them is an important part of CBT-exercises, which also can reduce symptoms of anxiety. Here…

Acceptance/ACT | Healthy Routines | Stress

More About The Importance Of Meaning For Handling Stressors In Life

Today’s post continues with Antonovsky’s concept Sense of Coherence that focuses on handling stressors and how health can be increased (see link to Mittelmark et al in earlier posts for research in this field). What determines whether stress will be harmful or not is whether or not the stress violates our sense of coherence. This…

Anxiety & Mood | Communication | Healthy Routines | Relationships

How to address thought traps with 4 steps based on cognitive therapy (1 minute read)

How to address thought traps with 4 steps based on cognitive therapy (1 minute read) This post “How to address thought traps with 4 steps in cognitive therapy” can be usedd to reduce anxiety. There are many anxiety inducing patterns often called cognitive distortions or thought traps. These are ways of thinking that seem true…

Anxiety & Mood | Healthy Routines

More About Thought Traps And What To Do About Them

Last week’s post introduced the anxiety inducing pattern cognitive distortions, also called thought traps. These are ways of thinking that seem true but are in fact not reasonable, realistic or relevant to the situation.   Noticing when we are using thought traps and countering them is an important part of traditional CBT-exercises that can reduce…

Healthy Routines | Life goals | Self image

Merry Christmas : How To Easier Remember Your Gifts To Yourself

Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating today.   For many, this day is about giving.   Yesterday was about considering to take 5 minutes to think about what you can give yourself, both symbolically and as a promise of a new mindset and behavior to start make important changes in your life. It can…

Healthy Routines | Life goals

Reflection Questions To Analyze Progress and Identify Important Adjustments

This post continues on possible problems, bumps in the road, that can occur and how to try to avoid them when you have started to take your identified actions to move in your desired direction.   Last week was about the critical importance of a fixed time of the week AND the month – potentially…

Anxiety & Mood | Healthy Routines | Mindfulness | Stress

More on Mindful Daily Routines – How to Handle Disturbing Thoughts

Remember from the last posts, mindfulness is the ability to be fully present in the current moment and activity, being aware of where we are and what we are doing, but not overly responsive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us.   This post continues about being mindful with regard to thoughts, which…

Healthy Routines | Mindfulness | Stress

Mindfulness: The Breathing Anchor Exercise Part 5 of 5

Here comes the last of five parts of the breathing anchor, a seated exercise using the breath as an anchoring point of in total 5-10 minutes depending on pauses/pacing: …Notice when your mind has wandered. Observing the types of thoughts that distract you is an important part of the learning. Try to notice the content…