Self Awareness is one of the two primary anchors within cbteach, improving your own self awareness and improving your awareness of others is a key foundation for developing better wellbeing. While cbteach is not a clinical intervention or a form of talking therapy, a number of the stages outlined below blend aspects familiar to both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). The 7 stages follow the cbteach acronym and is explored in more detail in our instructor-led training. To find out more get in touch.
Please remember that educational tools such as cbteach are not a replacement for professional support and should you find yourself in distress and requiring immediate help please contact Samaritans on 116 123 in the UK or your local doctor or health professional. In the event of a medical emergency please dial 999 (UK only).
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