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?
I still like the way emotional regulation was described to me when I was working with my DBT group. The therapist leading the group said something along the lines of this: Most of us have cooked something in our lives. Maybe a simple meal, maybe something fancy. Imagine if you had to cook without any… Read More Therapy Tuesday: DBT – Part 4D – Emotional Regulation
Rather than a quote, I’m going to look at what drives us, what motivates humans in general. Why do we succeed in some areas and flounder in others? The first part of the answer lies in understanding that there is motivation that is generated within yourself, intrinsic motivation; and there’s external motivation, such as pay,… Read More Motivational Monday: Finding Motivation
After lots of therapy, and a new therapist, I finally have enough headspace to write again. I’m working on new posts for everyone, and back on my stories as well. It’s a wonderful feeling. Nothing I do makes me as happy as being able to write. Not being able to write is a recipe for… Read More Update!
I’ve been working on myself a lot this past month. Dealing with the pandemic and my own anxiety and depressive disorders has been a real fight. As a result, writing is not a daily event and I’m working on not beating myself up for it. My therapist says I need to learn to be gentle… Read More Writing Wednesday: Slow and steady?
Try these ideas to stay in touch!… Read More Soothing Sunday: Stay Connected