So back in the fall when the anxiety first really bit hard I bought a CBT workbook and started in on that. When depression followed I lost all motivation to keep up with CBT because I felt like I was just using all my energy trying to stay afloat in life. Thankfully the depression has been completely alleviated, and I kept up with periodically journaling, but CBT was left by the wayside in favor of increased sleep and exercise. Which I don't regret. I'm feeling better yet ironically the anxiety symptoms themselves have not really improved. So I've decided to re-commit to CBT. I'm not working with a dedicated CBT therapist, but my psychiatrist is awesome and always takes at least a half an hour at our appointments so I'm kind of one step between CBT self-help and full fledged CBT.
I am finding it very time consuming which is a challenge, but I'm trying to make a point to work on it every day on my lunch breaks. Even though, again, the sum total of my anxiety hasn't really diminished to this point I've found past CBT exercises did result in less negative self-thoughts, or at least I'd catch myself and stop, so hopefully more dedicated practice will get me somewhere. Well, that and a medication change.