Yes, we all eat at some point. But isn’t that the thing about meals? It’s easy to just sort of rush through them. Either eating quickly or, doing what I’m guilty of doing on a fairly often basis, eating while doing other things, isn’t allowing ourselves the opportunity to get into the meal before us.… Read More Soothing Sunday: Savor a Meal
I had a very rough weekend. I’m going to talk about it for two reasons. One, it may help someone to know how I handle the really huge anxiety attacks. Two, I often feel like a fake, writing about how to handle anxiety, depression, and PTSD when I still struggle so hard with them. Yes,… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Triggered and Fighting
Gestalt therapy originated with Frederick and Laura Perls in the 1940’s. This particular discipline doesn’t involve attempting to interpret the past, but instead it focuses on present events. This was the first form of therapy I experienced. I think it set me up to delve into DBT therapy later because of how it approaches the… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 1
I’m sure many reading this are like me, fully isolated, or close to it, and living alone. It creates the perfect environment for touch deprivation to set in. Touch deprivation is a real issue because physical contact with others relieves stress, releases hormones that improve mood, creates bonding experiences, and so much more. Humans need… Read More Soothing Sunday: Touch Deprivation and Isolation
No, I’m not saying to go away! Don’t leave! Wait! I’m just making a bad joke!
Today I’m tackling another skill that has been subjected to a lot of scrutiny and criticism, generally from those who don’t understand what it’s about. Radical acceptance is a powerful tool for change and reducing internal turmoil. In hopes of avoiding triggering anyone, I’m going to use an analogy and let you translate that into… Read More Top-Skills Thursday: Radical Acceptance
We’ve reached the end of the series on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I know it took a while to get here, but as was shown, it’s a complex, multifaceted therapy. The entire course takes a full six months of weekly group sessions in addition to some pretty intense individual sessions. It’s a commitment of time,… Read More Therapy Tuesday: DBT Wrap-Up
I had a conversation with a friend recently and we discussed what we expect in a relationship. She’s hoping to find someone, but not having much luck. I asked what she expected and what I got in response was a list most would agree is a bare minimum for a relationship that isn’t toxic. We… Read More Motivational Monday: Don’t Undersell Yourself
Sometimes we need a soothing break when there simply is no time for it. We’re in the middle of a meeting, surrounded by children, or otherwise unable to step away and take a minute. There are ways to self-soothe even in those busy moments, and they only take a few seconds.
Yes, sleep is a skill! Well, managing your sleep patterns is one. Too much sleep is as unhealthy as too little sleep. Also, interrupted sleep is bad for you as well! So why does sleep hygiene matter, and what is it anyway?