3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

Limit Exposure Limit the time you're exposed to the situation. Be informed, but limit the amount of news, media, social media, that you take in. For social media, you can choose to follow and unfollow certain accounts and channels. Use social media to build yourself up, promote positivity, and connect with non-toxic people. Social media … Continue reading 3 Mindful Strategies to Increase Positivity During Hard Times

4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

People are under an increased amount of stress due to the ongoing pandemic, which has no concrete ending. People who don't have a mental illness disorder, such as anxiety, are also experiencing mental health vulnerabilities during this time. They report having issues like difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering things, sleep disturbance, and decreased mood. 4 "M"s … Continue reading 4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Therapist Workshop: the emotional aspect of obesity. Instructor: Roni Maislish M.A. (psychotherapist and clinical social worker)

Meet Roni Maislish I met Roni Maislish through LinkedIn (he is in Israel), as we both work in mental health and specifically with eating and emotions. We both recognize the emotional aspects of obesity and that it can be an emotional-mental-issue. Roni says, "Most of the time, when people talk about eating disorders, they forget … Continue reading Therapist Workshop: the emotional aspect of obesity. Instructor: Roni Maislish M.A. (psychotherapist and clinical social worker)

Mindful Breathing Exercise

When you feel stressed or anxious, have you been mindful of your breathing? Notice if you're holding your breath, taking shallow breaths, or breathing too quickly. Take control of your breathing by trying a short breathing exercise: Lay, sit, or stand comfortably, with good posture to allow yourself to breathe easily. If you're laying or … Continue reading Mindful Breathing Exercise

How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart

These 12 tips are specific to living through a pandemic (COVID-19) where there are multiple tragic events and crisis occurring at once on a worldwide scale. A brief overview of the destruction that COVID-19 has caused • People are ill and dying from a virus. • People are socially isolated from family and friends. • … Continue reading How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart

IMPROVE Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

IMPROVE IMPROVE the Moment is the next skill. The acronym IMPROVE makes life a little bit better when it is not going so well.During a crisis, you have two options. You can sink into the distress or invest in behaviors that might improve how you feel in the moment. The acronym I: ImageryM: MeaningP: PrayerR: … Continue reading IMPROVE Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

Wise Mind: ACCEPTS Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

Wise Mind: ACCEPTS The ACCEPTS acronym has skills that helps keep you busy and distracted when you would typically be preoccupied by a crisis. It is easy to dwell on what is going wrong, by focusing on the ACCEPTS behaviors, you can get yourself through hard times. The acronym A: ActivitiesC: ContributingC: ComparisonsE: EmotionsP: Pushing … Continue reading Wise Mind: ACCEPTS Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)

MINDFULNESS 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 GROUNDING TECHNIQUE

This is a popular grounding technique, and it is for everyone. This technique engages all 5 senses, which reminds you of the present moment, and builds awareness. This is a calming technique that can help you get through tough or stressful situations. Taking a deep belly breath at the beginning and end of this activity … Continue reading MINDFULNESS 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 GROUNDING TECHNIQUE

Mindfulness (DBT)

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is choosing to be aware of the present moment, on purpose, and in a non-judgmental way. When being mindful, our attention and focus is on whatever we choose to observe or do.In this moment, choose to focus your mind wherever you'd like it to be. Practice Maybe you focus on your … Continue reading Mindfulness (DBT)

Dialectics (DBT)

What are dialectics? Dialecticss relate to our theories and ideas, in terms of the OPPOSITE way we think. Here are some thinking patterns that we all experience, and get caught up in, it does us no favors to become stuck!:▪︎ "All-or-nothing" thoughts.▪︎ "Either-or" thoughts.▪︎ "Black-and-white terms."Instead of thinking this way, we should think in terms … Continue reading Dialectics (DBT)