Are You Worried About How Things are Going to Go for You or Whether You Will be able to Handle Potential Problems?

When you are feeling worried about how things are going to go for you, there's one way that you can change that... Ask yourself: ▪︎ Who do I want to be? ▪︎ What quality of presence do I want to bring to any challenges I face? Note the shift that occurs when you go from … Continue reading Are You Worried About How Things are Going to Go for You or Whether You Will be able to Handle Potential Problems?

Mirror Work Activity

This mirror work activity will increase self-awareness and promote personal growth. Looking in the mirror, state to yourself: "I love you." "I'm sorry." "Forgive me." "Thank you." While looking at yourself in the mirror and stating these things, pay attention to your non-verbal body language, the tone and speed of your voice, and the thoughts … Continue reading Mirror Work Activity

Favorite Positive Affirmation?

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?

Simple, Yet Powerful Ways to Manage Worry and Anxiety

This article is about four simple, yet powerful ways to manage worry and anxiety. Are you worried about how things are going to go for you? Do you fear that you won't be able to handle potential problems? How can you make a tough decision not having all of the details? Here's what you CAN … Continue reading Simple, Yet Powerful Ways to Manage Worry and Anxiety

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 (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)

Cognitive Reframing

How to deal with negative thoughts through cognitive reframing.  The first set of sentences are examples of "all-or-nothing" and "black-and-white" negative thoughts. The second set is the reframing. NEGATIVE thoughts ▪︎"I HAVE to have ___, ___, and ___ happen today, otherwise the day is ruined."▪︎"If I don't get this job, everything that I've worked so … Continue reading Cognitive Reframing