Cognitive Pearl #064 Iyar 1, 5775 April 20, 15

The Pattern Interrupt Schedule is easily tailored to specific needs. When I work with depressed clients, we will agree that at each interval they will perform some behavior. Changing scenery comes to mind: the client gets up from wherever he is sitting and goes outdoors for some fresh air, takes a bathroom break, chats with a colleague or any other opposite action. For those suffering from anxiety, they can do a few rounds of diaphragmatic breathing, light yoga, journaling, prayer, or any other grounding behavior that suits them. The idea is to punctuate the automaticity and monotony of the inner states of misery.