The great thing about CBT is that it promotes healthy skills and behaviors that can be useful for a lifetime. CBT helps people process their thoughts and feelings healthily to avoid problematic emotions and behaviors.
With CBT, a person may benefit from strategies such as:
Learning to identify Negative thoughts — so that they may process difficult feelings and situations in a way that doesn’t contribute to troubling behaviors. This process requires deep introspection and self-discovery.
Practicing New Skills — that can be used to cope with real-world situations.
Setting Goals — that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based) so a person may focus on making the changes they need to improve their condition.
Solving Problems — both big and small to avoid stress that agitates mental illness.
Monitoring Oneself — by writing things down to track progression or degression. This can be helpful for the individual, but can also be useful for the treating therapist.
Progressing Gradually — because true change doesn’t happen overnight. Achieving small wins overtime is almost always better than taking giant leaps.