Psychologist Christine Padesky, author of Mind Over Mood, has posted a new Youtube video on her channel that discusses activity scheduling and its relevance now for all individuals, not just those with clinical depression. Activity scheduling is a practice of behavioural activation, originating from cognitive behavioural therapy, that helps to re-engage individuals with pleasurable activities. The premise behind this technique being that re-engagement with previously enjoyed activities may help to stop the repeating a depressive cycle of depressed mood, lethargy and staying in bed.
In this video Dr. Padesky discusses three categories of activities to consider planning into your quarantine routine, either in specific time slots or more generally into a to-do list.
A reminder that Dr. Padesky highlighted in the video is the importance of preparing for obstacles and barriers that may hinder one’s ability to follow through with the activities that you plan for yourself. Not only is this an essential component of successful activity scheduling but also the key to success in all habit creation and goal attainment. Neglecting to take some time to consider potential roadblocks in advance may lead to being surprised by obstacles and giving up later on.
If you would like to watch Dr. Padesky’s youtube video check it out at:
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