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 for When You’re Feeling Stressed and Anxious
Personally, I feel the best positive affirmation 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 overwhelming tension. In reality, I don't need any of these things. When I practice living in the moment, and tell myself that … Continue reading The Best Positive Affirmation?
Busy ladies, here are some strategies that can help you be productive and calm Does this sound familiar to you? Personally, as a busy woman (I'm a mom; maintaining relationships; keeping the house tidy; running my mental health private practice and mindset coaching business; write for my two blogs; and preparing for ultramarathons year-round), I … Continue reading How to be Productive and Calm as a Busy Woman
DBT Card Deck by Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, DBTC - PESI Publishing and Media IMPROVE IMPROVE the Moment. 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 … Continue reading IMPROVE Skill (Distress Tolerance from DBT)
This is a popular grounding technique for children and adults. 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 can … 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 … Continue reading What is Mindfulness and How to be More Mindful? (DBT)
How the feelings wheel works I think of the feelings wheel as a tree. The emotions on the edge of the circle are related to the primary 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 proud, and we … Continue reading Feelings Wheel to Help You Identify Your Complex Emotions
Patterns and mindfulness strategy Pay attention to your patterns or habits, 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 … Continue reading Pay Attention to Your Physical, Mental and Emotional Patterns