Isn’t this the happiest tiger in the world? Look how good that stretch feels! As the days drag along, we carry so much stress in our bodies. It becomes almost a default posture to sit at a desk and hunch over. Then, we get home and find everything from our shoulders up is hard as… Read More Soothing Sunday: Stretch!
I’ve had a frustrating realization, and I decided to share it with everyone here. My reason for it isn’t to garner sympathy, but to show how I use the skills I write about. This post may be long, and I’ll put a TRIGGER WARNING here that I’m going to be discussing the ways depression and… Read More Freeform Friday: My battle with depression
I had thought about doing a different topic for today, but instead everyone is about to learn a fun fact about this blog. Everything I post about skills to take care of your mental health is usually related to what I’m doing that day or what I’ve done recently! Today, I’m taking a break, which… Read More Soothing Sunday: Take a Break
Ah, spring! Birds return with bright songs, the days grow warmer, the world begins to turn green, and allergies beat everyone into a miserable, snotty disaster. Thanks to the joys of allergens and dramatic weather changes, I ended up with a sinus infection recently. It’s nothing terribly unusual, just a physically miserable feeling. I talked… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Coping with side-effects
Watching a sunrise or sunset might not seem like self-care, and if you don’t enjoy doing it, it’s not. It also doesn’t count if you watch it just to take pictures and post on social media while you’re doing it. Leave the internet for a few minutes, step outside, and watch. Do you hear birds?… Read More Self-Care Saturday: Watch a Sunrise/Sunset
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!
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
Distress tolerance is the third module in DBT therapy. This section is exactly what it sounds like; how to handle those overwhelming moments.
Four simple DBT tricks to help when you’re overwhelmed.… Read More Top Skills Thursday: T.I.P.P.