This article describes specific Distress Tolerance skills to help you get through painful emotional situations. Situations where your emotions might hijack your body and mind and you might do or say something impulsive that you later regret. Situations that put you into fight or flight mode. Situations where you breathe shallowly and your thinking mind gets derailed.
We all get into those situations and yes, we’ve all done and said things we regret. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about moving forward and practicing new skills, trying on different behaviors for size and then using those new behaviors so that you’re happier.
For the fall of the 2016 Presidential campaign, I’m reviewing the candidates’ policies on mental health, a topic close to my heart, as a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor. I’ve been slugging away in the trenches for quite some time. In addition, mental health is an important issue for us all as citizens of the world…as depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
(For this longest election cycle ever, I’ve had to use my mindfulness, emotional regulation and news fasting skills this fall as my sanity is important to me.) Sigh..ok, moving on…
Infant massage is a great way to create an oasis of calm time with your baby. It helps promote bonding and calm both mom and baby. Studies show that infant massage decreases stress hormones (in both Mom & baby), reduces colic and GI symptoms, relieves muscle pains and assists recovery for preemies (Onozawa et al, 2001; Field et al, 1996). It is win-win!
Dancing on the Edge of Sanity
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How Often Must We Ask for Sensitive Care?
It’s easy to connect with Ana Clare Rouds’ personal story of the reality of motherhood in her book, Dancing on the Edge of Sanity. She shares her personal story about her experience with postpartum depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and she eloquently brings out several issues.
Do you believe that what you think can affect your life?
Does this sound a bit new ag-y, too woo-woo, too out there?
Actually, there is scientific evidence that we tend to dwell on the same old thoughts day after day and this has a powerful effect on how we see ourselves and how we are in relation to others. Read the rest of this entry
Developing habits of thoughts and action that nurture your mental health takes a life time of learning and practice. It’s a great and fun endeavor!! You can always grow!!
Research shows that some people are lucky enough to be born with an innate positivity. And some people are lucky enough to be born into family situations where healthy emotional and mental attitudes are taught by both modeling positive behavior and having honest communication about identifying and expressing feelings. So positive habits can be innate and also naturally absorbed in childhood.