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DBT Skills: Use Some Logic

DBT Skills: Use Some Logic

Hello friends and welcome to our final DBT skills distress tolerance post before the holidays. I hope I have given you some tools to pull out if your family starts getting stressful, but if not here is one that I think the skeptics among us (hopefully all of us) will appreciate. Last week we worked on improving the moment, but sometimes the best you can do in a given situation is to not make thing... »

DBT: Take a Sad Song and Make It Better

DBT: Take a Sad Song and Make It Better

As we come up on the holiday season, distress tolerance skills will probably be very helpful. When you don’t have the opportunity to self-soothe, as we talked about last week, you might try improving the moment, which is this week’s skill. Improving the moment is for the times when you can’t necessarily change a distressing situation that’s happening around you, but you can... »

The Inevitable Judgment Against Phones

The Inevitable Judgment Against Phones

It is my completely anecdotal experience that it is impossible to not be judged for one’s smartphone choices.  Bashing people for looking at their phones instead of the world around them seems to be a thing that memes are made of. There’s also a fun phenomenon of OMG WOMEN WITH PHONES ARE IDIOTS!  Sometimes with fake Albert Einstein quotes, and my personal favorite is the person who cl... »

DBT Skills: Chillaxin

DBT Skills: Chillaxin

Last time on DBT skills we got to think about all the ways that we deal with it when things suck. Today we’re going to focus a little more on how to make those things feel slightly less sucky in the moment. Yes, this is possible to do without ignoring your feelings, pretending your feelings don’t exist, or repressing your feelings. One technique for this is called “self-soothing&... »

DBT Skills: This Feels Awful

DBT Skills: This Feels Awful

Holy moly guys, we have finished emotion regulation made it to the last DBT module, distress tolerance! Props for keeping up. Distress tolerance is a wonderful set of skills to have when your brainparts are still forming and your hormones are a little wonky, because it’s what keeps you from doing unintelligent things when you’re feeling too much. There are times when it’s really ... »

DBT Skills: Use That Skepticism

DBT Skills: Use That Skepticism

Ladies and gents and other fancy people of non binary genders: today we have come to a skill that I use constantly and which has seriously improved my life. Hopefully it can also be helpful to you. If you’ll recall we’ve been talking about emotion regulation, or ways to keep your emotions in a reasonable state that feels comfortable to you. Today’s skill allows you to determine i... »

DBT Skills: Do It Anyway

DBT Skills: Do It Anyway

Welcome back to DBT skills, the land where we teach you basic, evidence based things about how to have emotions and live in a society with other people! Last week we covered one of the more enjoyable skills, build positive experiences. This week we’ll be focusing on something that isn’t quite as obvious and which is a little bit harder to put into practice, but which can be highly effe... »

DBT Skills: Yes You Get To Have Fun

DBT Skills: Yes You Get To Have Fun

Welcome back to DBT land, the place where you get to do fun things and say it’s for your emotional regulation! As you’ll recall, last week we talked about building mastery, and feeling good about yourself by accomplishing new things. Well this week we have an even better skill: building positive experiences. Yes, that’s right, doing things that feel nice is an entire skill in emo... »

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