Russ Harris, Mouth Breathing discussed on The Virtual Couch


I've used it with sports psychology and business, but it here because here's what it does. It reduces the stress, increasing, filming enhancing performance, but it makes no effort to reduce challenge or eliminate or change negative thoughts because it starts from the assumption that negative thoughts aren't inherently the problem. So where does that leave us? It's basically in the therapist office, it's really about. It's not that is that thought true or false? Because you know our our brain is pumping those thoughts out all the time. Really the question becomes, what do you do with that thought? Is that thought productive in the confidence gap? Russ Harris talks about workability says that I'll end with this. He says, one of the most important words in acceptance and commitment therapy is workability. He says this, we're deep into your brain underpins. Everything that you do in acceptance therapy. The term workability arises from the simple question is what you're doing. Working to help you create a richer, fuller, more meaningful life. If the answer is yes. Then what you're doing is workable. If it's no, then what you're doing is unworkable. So you know, there's the concept of workability can kind of help us get on hooked from our thoughts. So and then hopefully kind of empower you to take effective action and really start to be that person that you wanna be coming up down the road in a future episode. I also wanna talk about the big component of acceptance and commitment therapy really is identifying your core values or your goals or beliefs, kind of as I opened up the episode with. So if they thought is workable, it is in line with those core values or thoughts are goals. Okay. I went so much longer than I anticipated. I apologize about that, but I love this stuff. Acceptance and commitment there be will literally just free you from a lot of these just negative thoughts. It does require and we can talk about this down the road. And I've already given a bunch of podcasts where I mentioned this, but does require some sort of a mindfulness practice. I would highly encourage you to to. There's an app called head space. There's an app called calm, have there's a couple of things. There's actually a good exercise in the acceptance therapy book that I'll talk about called leaves and a stream. We'll try to get to that next time as well, but it will feel a bit hokey at first. I know that it was that way for me doing some sort of daily mindfulness practice, basically kind of getting your your in through the nose out through the mouth breathing, which kind of lowers the heart rate, which the gonna get rid of any of those fighter flight chemicals, adrenaline out of your out of your brain out of your body, and it's going to allow you to then get centered or focused with the nice little body scan back against the chair feet on the ground..

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