Self-soothing with the five senses

Five_sensesDialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral  therapy used for the treatment of various illnesses and behavioral challenges from depression, to anxiety, anger/irritability, to bipolar disorder symptoms, personality disorders, and more. This therapy features various coping techniques to deal with these challenges falling under modules such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness (click DBT therapy for more information). In this post I’d like to focus on the distress tolerance skill “Self-soothing with the five senses”, and how I’ve used it in the past. Continue reading

“When you push yourself to do what you don’t want to do…”

…you’re usually glad you did, after the fact.”

We all have that struggle from time to time. Maybe something work or school-related hangs over your head. Maybe you need to apologize for something you did, but are nervous to do so. Perhaps you need to exercise or diet, but you are just not motivated, are fighting hunger and lethargy. Continue reading