Have you ever found yourself waiting at a bar with your heart racing in anticipation of a first date? What about those sweaty palms before a big interview or presentation? Then you know first hand that you can experience mental stress in both your mind and your body. They're connected. Your brain serves a signal to your body to indicate that you’re under pressure, or nervous, or maybe even excited.
Understanding this connection helps us better manage our stress and improve how we interact with others.
By Charlotte Cesana
San Francisco is all about working hard and playing hard. Sometimes we forget to find time to just unwind and de-stress. We believe strong mental health comes not only from therapy but also from small changes to your everyday life. Taking a break from normal routines can help clear thoughts, open us to new perspectives, and recharge us for the work ahead.
So this coming weekend, we encourage you to spend an afternoon somewhere new doing something new. Here are some of our favorites spots to unwind in San Francisco:
By Charlotte Cesana
Let's face it: life isn’t always a yoga retreat or a Burning Man camp. It’s about getting on and off the subway, dealing with the 500 emails in your inbox, and making it through a big company presentation in one piece. Therapy should be real, too. It should also help us deal with the big and small interactions of our lives. Say hello to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
WHAT IS CBT?
Developed in the 1960s by Dr. Aaron Beck, CBT has been widely studied and scientifically proven. It delivers tangible results by understanding the link between thoughts and actions. By increasing awareness of our thoughts instead of reacting blindly to our environment, we become active drivers to improve our mood and change our behavior.
Surface level thoughts are multi-faceted and often originate from deeply held beliefs about ourselves and the world we are not fully aware of. CBT encourages us to test our thinking until it becomes second-nature to question our assumptions. It also teaches us to understand how past experiences shape our current core beliefs. We start to adjust our patterns of thinking in the present and change how we act and feel for the better.
Since we started reflect, we've naturally received a lot of questions about therapy. What is it? How does it work? What's the difference between therapy & coaching? While we can't answer all these questions in one post, we thought we'd start the conversation.
For some, the term therapy conjures images of someone sitting on a couch talking about their childhood, rainbows, and unicorns. Therapy's actually a lot more diverse than that. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is solution-focused & action-oriented. It involves setting up specific goals & action plans to deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, and work stress. Some therapy involves less talking & more doing. Did you know there's such a thing as Drama Therapy, which uses theatre technics & role playing to explore issues? Yes, really. And in case you're curious, we have rockstar Cognitive Behavioral Therapists & Drama Therapists (along with many others) in our pilot. No unicorns yet though.
What's common among all therapy styles is a desire to help clients with positive change around mental health. It's like how different trainers at the gym use different techniques, but the common goal is still improving their clients' physical fitness. And therapy is first & foremost 100% safe & confidential.
Over the coming weeks we'll spotlight different types of therapy, some more common than others but all effective in their own ways.
Given how different each therapist is, it can be intimidating to know what might work well for you. Our goal is to help our clients find the right style for them. We do so by first understanding your needs. Then, we use our unique matching algorithm to identify potential positive matches among our many qualified & diverse therapists.
If you're thinking about talking to someone, let us help you find your right match by clicking on the link below to get matched. And of course, please comment below if you have any questions, and someone on our team will respond.
Welcome to the reflect blog. If you've found us, you're probably curious about mindfulness & well-being and may even be searching for ways to improve your own life. You're in good company. We believe life is stressful, and everyone can benefit from talking to someone. Our goal is to create the gym for your soul & help you find the right person. But just like with physical fitness, some of the progress happens when you're not in seeing a trainer. We hope to use this format to provide helpful tips for managing stress, incorporating mindfulness, and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
If there are any questions you're interested in, please comment below. We'll try our best to get to all of them.
This is the start of our journey, and we're so glad you've decided to join us.
Helpful tips for managing stress, incorporating mindfulness, and promoting a healthy lifestyle