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DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness

DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness

So we’ve covered the elements of mindfulness in DBT, but what’s the point? Doesn’t this all just sound like spiritual woo woo? What is this whole “being present” business and why should we want to do it? There are a number of things that are quite helpful about practicing mindfulness that are incredibly practical, evidence based, and generally have nothing to do with ... »

DBT Skills: Mindfulness “How”

DBT Skills: Mindfulness “How”

This is the third part in a series. Read parts 1 and 2. Last week we looked at the “what” skills of mindfulness. These are the things that you can actually practice in your day to day life to help you be more present. This week, we’ll go over the “how” skills. You can use the mindfulness how skills in just about any part of your life, while you’re doing anything... »

DBT Skills: Mindfulness

DBT Skills: Mindfulness

The first set of skills that we’ll take a look at are the mindfulness skills. There are two different types of mindfulness skills: how and what. The what skills are actual activities that you do, while the how skills describe how you aim to carry out those mindfulness activities. The how skills are non-judgmentally, effectively, and one-mindfully, while the what skills are observe, describe ... »

Existential crises and epiphanies of the teenage mind

Existential crises and epiphanies of the teenage mind

Firstly I’d like to apologise for my lack of writing all the angry/weird/ranty things this past month, if you didn’t already know I’m a first year university student. It’ s been a busy two months. Between exam stress, sorting out bills for a new flat share (why does nobody teach you these things???), moving back home for the summer and fiercely denying I am in anyway prepar... »

What If I Don’t Know?

What If I Don’t Know?

Cross posted from We Got So Far To Go. This week was April Fool’s, and one of people’s FAVORITE jokes on April Fool’s is coming out as gay. Miri, a fantastic beast of a human being, decided to do the opposite yesterday. Her essay is hilarious and you should probably go read it. But there was one element of Miri’s essay that stuck out to me as potentially damaging for those ... »

In Defence of Giant Ravenous Mutant Super Rats

In Defence of Giant Ravenous Mutant Super Rats

Prior to this morning I had no idea that the United Kingdom was facing an invasion. We’ve had our fair share of them, Celts, Angles, Saxons, Vikings, himalayan balsam, minks, the list goes on really. However, this invasion is apparently from within our shores, by beefed-up super mutant rats. That is, if you want to believe the various articles the ‘Daily Star’ has been publishing... »

Adulthood: Mourning the Past

Adulthood: Mourning the Past

Cross posted from We Got So Far To Go I’ve been having a lot of ennui about being an adult lately. This is not uncommon. Twenty somethings excel at ennui and not wanting to be adult. But there appears to be more to this ennui than simply being overwhelmed or not really wanting to take responsibility. Accepting adulthood doesn’t just mean taking on new responsibilities and learning how ... »

Calorie Counting: Yay or Nay?

Calorie Counting: Yay or Nay?

CN: Diet and weight loss The best way to lose weight is to eat less calories and burn more calories, so counting calories just makes sense, right? So many people have used calorie counting, it must work. The government is demanding calorie labels on everything, so it’s probably something we should all take into account right? Well, maybe not. Many people assume that calories are simple, but ... »

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