Lifestyle Modification

One of the aims of therapy is also to make the patient aware of allostatic loads (i.e., chronic and often subtle life stresses that exert harmful consequences on the individual over a certain amount of time). Examples may be excessive work loads, lack of awareness of the longer time that increasing age requires for recovering from demanding days, inability to protect oneself from requests that exceed one's potential, and inappropriate sleeping habits. Such awareness (and the resulting lifestyle implementation) is pursued in all phases of psychotherapy, but particularly with WBT. Patients are given instructions in the diary as to this implementation. For instance, patients are encouraged to modify their work overcommitments, to refuse inappropriate requests from relatives and colleagues, and to dedicate more time to pleasurable activities.

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