Originally created to treat borderline personality disorder, today it’s also used to help people with bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and more.
The skills taught in DBT can help everyone though, regardless of their mental health status. These three DBT skills that can help you effectively manage your emotions and lead a healthier and happier life.
The world we live in today is full of distractions. It can be hard to be present and live in the moment. Mindfulness, bringing one’s attention to experiences in the present moment, can teach everyone to be aware of their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Mindfulness helps people pause, check-in with themselves, and then make conscious healthy decisions. To practice DBT skills such as mindfulness, start by doing some activity mindfully, like taking a walk. This means feeling the muscles as you move, paying attention to the sky, and looking at one’s surroundings.
This skill focuses on accepting our daily experiences and working to accept the more painful events that have happened because fighting reality only heightens our suffering. While participants in DBT may be struggling with more serious issues, everyone has trouble accepting their situations at some point. This inability to accept reality creates anger, frustration, and other negative emotions.
This skill speaks to being less judgmental in general. Judging things as good or bad can have a negative impact and even increase emotional pain. In DBT, participants work to examine a situation without making those sorts of judgments. It’s important to understand that being less judgmental doesn’t eliminate pain, but it does reduce emotions such as anger, which can be harmful. At the end of the day, everyone can benefit from becoming more aware of their thoughts and feelings.
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