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
What's your favorite positive affirmation, right now? Mine is, "I have everything I need." I tend to feel like I need MORE (belongings, money, approval from others, etc.) and it can create anxiety and tension. I don't actually need any of these things. When I practice living in the moment and tell myself that I … Continue reading Favorite Positive Affirmation?
To all of the busy women, here are some strategies that can help you be productive and calm. Does this sound familiar to you? Personally, as a busy person (have a young daughter, maintaining relationships, keeping the house tidy, running my own mental health private practice, blogging (for two websites), and preparing for ultramarathons), I … Continue reading Being Productive and Calm as a Busy Woman
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)
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
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)
A little bit about how the Feelings Wheel works I think of the graph as an umbrella. The emotions on the edge of the circle are related to the "main" emotions (or the emotions that we most commonly identify), which are in the very center. For example, when we feel confident and successful, we feel … Continue reading Feelings Wheel
Patterns and Mindfulness Strategy Pay attention to your patterns, they can be physical, mental and or emotional. Patterns will reveal your reactions to situations, giving you feedback on what works, versus what doesn't work. When you are doing something that works, do a little more of it.This is a mindfulness strategy that helps anyone suffering … Continue reading Patterns, Patterns, Patterns