Sustain Your Energy
Self Awareness is the starting point of how you can manage your energies, and improving your understanding of this is a great way of helping to sustain energy. The 7 stages outlined below blends aspects of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) under the umbrella of Cause & Effect. It is both simple to follow and easy to remember using the CBTEACH® acronym
Please remember that self help tools such as this are not a replacement for professional support and should you find yourself in distress and requiring immediate help please contact Samaritans on 116 123 or your local GP. In the event of a medical emergency please dial 999.
Causes are experiences that you have been through in your life from early childhood right through to present day. What causes in your life have impacted you both positively and negatively?
The lens through which you see yourself, the world at large and your place in it. Your beliefs can have a strong influence on how you perceive the experiences (Causes) that you have been through
How you think is very much shaped by your beliefs, resulting from those initial causes. Understanding this and being aware of your thoughts and what they represent is a key part of the self awareness cycle
How you feel and the emotions you experience (there are 36,000 of them!) is a valuable signal that your body uses to determine many key things, including threat level. Listening to your emotions is one of the most powerful ways of understanding your overall behaviour cycle. Do you know what your emotions are telling you?
How you think and feel are two key drivers in how you act. While understanding this is key, an even more important aspect is recognising actions are something we have direct control over. Breaking the cycle between automatic though and emotion with automatic action is a key element in unlearning negative behaviour patterns. Remember that regardless of how you think and feel, you are in control of how you act. It is through positive actions that you can drive positive change and build positive mindset. Some of these positive actions should be Self Care
Understanding that your actions have consequences, and allowing yourself time to consider those consequences prior to acting, can help you to assess the risk versus reward of what you choose to do. This precious moment of pause to consider the consequences can be the difference between a positive action and a negative one
The final stage in the cycle is impact, and in this case the impact on your health. Understanding your cause, consequence, impact loop allows you to pause, reflect and rationalise how your own behaviours can go on to have a positive or negative impact on your physical, emotional and mental health