Mind Training: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

If you are experiencing performance-related anxiety, if you feel you are not effective any more, if you are convinced you are not good enough, or you can’t progress to the next level, if you feel you are not fit enough to even start exercising, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you deal with and overcome all these problems.

Let’s take a look at a story of success. Sarah is a tennis player and she felt she lost her edge a few years ago. She underperformed in several games, and she felt terrible after the matches. She started getting anxious before games and then actually fled one match when she missed a serve and was too scared to return.

CBT helped her to understand her problem and get a more healthy point-of-view. She started to accept that she does make mistakes even if she doesn’t want to, and that she’s not a failure even if she does mistakes. She started to perceive herself as a valuable and fallible human being.

Once she started believing that, she started to believe in herself again. Her first few games were shaky, but she quickly found her flow. And what’s the most important is that she started enjoying herself again.

And this is how cognitive behavioural therapy can help you, as well.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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