Using PLEASE for a Healthy Body & Mind

Now that we have Accumulated Positive Emotions, Built Mastery, and Coped Ahead, it is time to put into effect the PLEASE skill! There is no denying that there is a body & mind connection. It's important to attend to your mental AND physical health to get the best grip on your emotional states. PLEASE breaks … Continue reading Using PLEASE for a Healthy Body & Mind

ABC Skill: Cope Ahead of Stressful Situations in 5 Steps

Now that we have completed A: Accumulated Positive Emotions & B: Built Mastery, it's time to C: Cope Ahead! Are you anticipating that there could be an issue in the foreseeable future that is causing you anxiety before it has even happened? Do you want to feel more prepared and ready to tackle this challenge? … Continue reading ABC Skill: Cope Ahead of Stressful Situations in 5 Steps

ABC Skill: Build Mastery

Building Mastery is our "B" in the ABC Skill. This step happens after we have accumulated our positive emotions and before we cope ahead. Once we have worked on some projects and figured out what we like to do, we can start to become more skilled in it to build confidence and increase our self-esteem. … Continue reading ABC Skill: Build Mastery

ABC Skill: Accumulate Positive Emotions

In a past post, we learned about the difference between the emotional, rational, and wise minds. The emotional mind can overwhelm our thoughts and decision making. This can make it more difficult to align our actions with our values. Our rational minds can lead us to become more robotic with our thinking and lead to … Continue reading ABC Skill: Accumulate Positive Emotions

Using Imagery to Find Peace and Reduce Stress

Have you ever been stressed out and imagined yourself relaxing on an empty beach in the warm sun with no cares in the world? Maybe it's an all-inclusive resort with all food and activities included! Now I'm getting ahead of myself... Using imagery is an easy way to think of a person, place, or time … Continue reading Using Imagery to Find Peace and Reduce Stress

Improve your Relationships with THINK

Interpersonal skills are part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and a great way to work on improving relationships, developing healthy communication, and ending conflicts and arguments. The THINK skill breaks this down and can be used during difficult situations in relationships with co-workers, friends, family, and acquaintances. T - Think: Take a step back from … Continue reading Improve your Relationships with THINK

Finding Meaning in Suffering

Life can be hard and have difficult moments. Our perspective on a situation can change the way we feel about it and ourselves. Do we want to have shorter pain or longer suffering? This depends partly on how we view and react to a situation. Can we use the lemons life gave us to make … Continue reading Finding Meaning in Suffering

ACCEPTS Coping Skill for Difficult Emotions

When should I use this skill? Try ACCEPTS when you are having overwhelming and distressing emotions like anxiety, fear, and depression. Take a break from the situation to gather your thoughts and cool down before making a decision on how to proceed. This skill is used as a distraction coping technique. This does not mean … Continue reading ACCEPTS Coping Skill for Difficult Emotions