Advice and development

Using CBT to improve self-awareness and resilience

Nursing student Lauren Ferrier shares her tips on how to cope with stress by creating a ‘formulation’ to analyse where your emotions come from
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Nursing student Lauren Ferrier shares her tips on how to cope with stress by creating a ‘formulation’ to analyse where your emotions come from

Two of the most important skills we can develop as nursing students are self-awareness and resilience.

To provide effective care for others, it is essential we first protect ourselves from becoming overwhelmed by stress. As a mental health nursing student, I undertook a placement with a team of cognitive behavioural therapists last year.

Not only did the experience provide an opportunity to enhance my counselling skills and have more meaningful interactions with patients, it also taught me a lot about myself.

One CBT technique I learned was how to create a ‘formulation’, to identify factors contributing to a problem –

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