There are multiple resources out there for people who are interested in attempting self-help. Aside from just turning to books, people have also turned to the internet for help and guidance in their journey of self-help. Some of the online resources that people use include:
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This self-help course is especially helpful to individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, and anger. The best way to use this course is to follow each step over a couple days.
Step 1: To start out with you will begin to notice your feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. On a daily basis we notice them but we don’t usually question why we reacted a certain way. You’ll typically answer questions such as: “What distressing emotions/reactions did you feel?” “What did you do?” “How did you cope with the feelings you were feeling?” The more you practice noticing you feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, the more you’ll see helpful and effective changes in your mood, body, and behavior.
Step 2: Look for cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are the allusions resulting from the primitive parts of your brain. You don’t notice this, but you use this part of your brain every day; you just never think about the absurd nature of the understandings. It’s key to start discerning these negative thoughts because the emotional brain is too overpowering, making it hard for us analyze our current situation correctly.
You may feel an intense urge to identify with some of your compulsive thoughts and feelings. It will take a lot of willpower and patience to overcome and comprehend this nature of your emotions. Once you spot the cognitive distortions, it will be easy for you to dismiss them for what they are.
Step 3: Dealing with your cognitive distortions. This step is quite possibly one of the most important because if you notice that you possess any cognitive distortions, you need to get control of them. There are ten different distortions that psychologists have identified. A few of those include all or nothing thinking, overgeneralization, the tendency to dwell on small situations, and thinking you have supernatural abilities.
To analyze these thoughts correctly, it’s important to write down what you’ve experienced and continue to interpret what it means. Include three main parts: cause of the negative thought, side effects if you continue on with this mindset, and how you can change the thought into something positive.
2. Online Courses
There are numerous types of online resources for people to try. One in particular is known as The Positive Approach. This course was made to help provide you with a healthy mindset and how to take advantage of your full potential. You are given new lessons each week that can apply to your everyday life, making it a very valuable resource for anyone looking to gain a better perspective on their life.
Aside, from these two ways listed, there is a wide range of tools for people to use for self-help. Each resource offers something different, making each resource work differently for different individuals.