Rational Thinking Improvement
Audio rational thinking exercise focused on reducing
anxiety and perfectionistic or demand thinking by
changing self-talk. The idea of this
exercise is to listen to it frequently so as to
increase the repetition of rational self-talk.
The more you listen to it, the more you will
start to use the thinking presented.sp; Just close
your eyes and listen without trying to force
yourself to relax. If your mind wanders,
gently bring yourself back to focus on the
This exercise does not need complete relaxation
in order to benefit. You may find that you
can listen to it while taking a walk or doing
dishes or some other activity that doesn't
require your complete focus.
Do not use while operating a car!
"When you are in a state of
mindfulness you are actually
more aware and able to
engage in tasks..."
When I ask clients what they do for daily relaxation I usually get responses such as:
"I relax by watching TV every night."
"I have a glass of wine."
"I read a book."
"I go out with friends."
"I go to the gym and work out."
"I find gardening relaxing."
"I like to fish."
Although each of these activities may be perceived as relaxing and may even have an element of
mindfulness, they don't provide the brain and body with the deep meditative relaxation we
require. In fact, most of these activities are stimulating to the brain or the body
rather than quieting.
As you may realize as you read the articles on this
site, the underlying core issue for many problems
resides with irrational thinking styles. That, of course, is the basic premise
of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). We develop styles
of thinking based
upon our learning experiences, our parents' thinking,
and societal/community beliefs and expectations.