How to Make Real Lasting Change - Pt. 2: Behavioral Change
How many times have you told yourself that you’re going to change an unhealthy behavior in your life?
You might have the best intentions, you might know why you want to change, you might visualize the change, you might even be excited about what that change will produce, but after a few short weeks, you find yourself right back in your old ways.
Why is that?
Well, In this episode, I will be discussing why using intention and willpower to change a specific behavior, is often ineffective and doesn’t last over the long term. It’s almost like paddling a canoe upstream, eventually, you’ll burn out and the water will bring you right back where you started.
The reality is willpower alone is not an effective method for changing behavior. Sure it might work for a few...
How to Create REAL Change In Your Life
Have you ever tried to make a big change in your life only to wind up right back in your old patterns a few weeks later?
Maybe it was a diet change, or trying to remove a toxic person, or cutting out certain unhealthy behaviors (like compulsions).
And have you ever wondered why making REAL lasting change is so tough?
Well this week, I am excited to announce that we are creating a new series on how to create real lasting change in your life. In this first episode, I will be discussing the different levels of change that we can implement in our lives. I am also going to discuss one of the lowest levels of change, which focuses on environmental change and how this is the most commonly pursued but often the least effective.
The work we are going to do in this series will definitely unlock some of the...
How to Deal with Panic Attacks In The Workplace
This week we are wrapping up our series on anxiety and the workplace. And for the final episode I wanted to discuss the topic panic attacks because it is a question I get frequently. Panic attacks are the highest level of anxiety a person can experience. On a scale of discomfort ranging from 1-10, panic attacks are a very clear 10! And for people who struggle with panic attacks one of the scariest things about them is they can happen at any time, often for no apparent reason. You could be watching a movie, out grabbing a bite to eat, or even sitting at your desk and bam it strikes without warning.
When panic symptoms arise it's very natural to resist them and avoid whatever situation might be triggering the response. But as you will see in the episode, when we resist panic symptoms and avoid things...
How to Overcome Anxiety About Losing a Job
Losing a job, however it happens, can be an incredibly stressful experience, I know from experience. One day you have a steady stream of income to support your family, and then in an instant, your world gets turned upside down. And while it can be a difficult transition to navigate, I have seen so many people experience this painful loss thousand of times, but never actually lose their job in real life. Their anxious mind has them worrying about every possible scenario you can imagine. And man oh man, can that part of your mind can have a field day with this topic, especially if left unchecked....
“What if my boss fires me because I didn’t close that deal?”....
“Then what if I can't pay my bills?”...
“Then what if I end up going homeless?”...
“Then what if I have to move...
OCD & Anxiety Treatment: The Lens of Anxiety
In this episode, I discuss the idea of the “lens of anxiety”. When someone is struggling with anxiety, there is a thin line between the real world and the world they are seeing skewed by anxiety. It’s like you see the world through a set of anxiety goggles or sunglasses. In this episode, I discuss the lens of anxiety and how important it is to develop awareness when you’re in the lens and to understand that you’re not seeing things how they really are.
All right. Hey there and welcome to this episode where we're going to talk about the lens of anxiety. So again, my name is Matt and I thank you so much for tuning in. And in this series, what we're talking about here is just kind of these big picture concepts on OCD and anxiety treatment and really, um, you know, this idea of recovery and what that means, right? And this concept...
OCD & Anxiety Treatment: How We Justify Living With Anxiety
In this episode, I discuss how we often justify living with anxiety. To put simply, when our anxious minds come up with a potential threat and then we engage in a specific behavior in an attempt to neutralize the threat. We form a false connection. If the perceived threat doesn’t happen, we believe that our safety behavior prevented the event from happening. For example, if I wear my lucky shoes then my plane won’t crash. So we start to make the justification for continuing these safety behaviors and continuing living with anxiety. In this episode, I discuss the problem of justifying anxiety and why breaking these connections is crucial for your recovery.
All right, hello and welcome to this episode where we're going to continue our series on OCD and anxiety treatment and talk about how we justify anxiety. And so, um, you know, this is...
OCD & Anxiety Treatment: The Real Problem with Anxiety
In this episode, I discuss the real problem of living with anxiety and how anxiety is different from fear. A person who is struggling with anxiety will never see anxiety as the real problem because their focus is always drawn to the potential threat their mind has generated. As the anxiety grows, which inevitably happens, her/his life will tend to become smaller and smaller. In this episode, I discuss how important it is to first see the real problem with anxiety before getting help with it.
All right. Hello and welcome to this episode where we're going to talk about the problem with living with OCD and anxiety. So again, my name's Matt Cottey and uh, welcome to the show. And so on. This episode really is going to be a start of a new series. And what I want to talk about is just the overall problem of anxiety and OCD, right? And in this, in this episode...
Pedophilia OCD | Overcoming POCD | Intrusive thoughts
In this episode, I discuss Pedophilia OCD or P OCD. Pedophilia OCD is when a person experiences intrusive thoughts and uncertainty regarding the idea of being a pedophile. This will lead to various compulsions that include analyzing levels of arousal around children and avoiding situations where children may be present, in an attempt to keep them safe. In this episode, I talk about examples of POCD, some practical things to consider with the treatment process.
00:08 All right. Hey everyone and welcome to this week's episode where we're going to talk about pedophilia, OCD. And so, um, this continues our series on intrusive thoughts. In fact, this is one of the, the last, um, episodes we're gonna make in this intrusive thought series because it still falls on that, um, that third category of under the umbrella of intrusive thoughts and the in the sexual unwanted...
How To Overcome Homosexual OCD | Intrusive Thoughts
In this episode, I discuss Homosexual OCD or Sexual Orientation OCD. HOCD is when a person experiences intrusive thoughts and doubt or uncertainty regarding their sexual orientation. This will lead to various compulsions that include analyzing levels of arousal in various situations and avoid situations that may cause the person to feel nervous or uncertain.
00:04 All right. Hey guys, and welcome to a, another episode where we are going to talk about sexual orientation, OCD. Sometimes this is known as homosexual OCD, sometimes it's known as gay OCD, or you could even dare I say, call it straight OCD. And I'll explain that in a little bit because basically, um, this in this episode I want to talk about a subset of OCD where people analyze and obsess about their sexual orientation and it develops into an OCD cycle. And so again, this continues our series on intrusive...
How to Overcome Relationship OCD | Intrusive Thoughts
In this episode, I discuss Relationship OCD. When a person has Relationship OCD he or she experiences intrusive thoughts and doubt or uncertainty regarding their romantic partner or their relationship as a whole. In this episode, I talk about examples of relationship OCD, some practical things to consider with relationships, and the treatment process.
00:10 All right. Hey everyone and welcome to this week's episode where we're going to talk about relationship OCD. Now, um, relationship with again is a sub category of OCD in the intrusive thoughts realm or kind of that, that what you might call a pure OCD, right? And so like I said, I'm in this series. What we're doing is we're moving into kind of the last section. So we started with the religious obsessions and then the harmful obsessions. And then now we're moving into the love slash kind of sexual obsessions. And I'm...
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