Emotional Regulation 8: Applying Mindfulness

Remember Mindfulness? I told you it would make a comeback. The first step is to observe. Note the presence of the emotion, give it a name. step away and get unstuck from the emotion. Next, experience the emotion mindfully. Feel it move through you like a wave, coming and going. Try not to block it…

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Mindfullness 3: Attitude Adjustment

When embarking on a therapy like Mindfullness for the first time it’s important to be prepared for the work its going to take and how to face those feelings of apprehension going in. So here are 7 tips for attitude adjustment when practicing mindfullness. Reduce Judgments of self and others Judgments are assumptions and are…

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Mindfullness 2: “What” and “How”

My favourite literary character (at the moment) is Tiffany Aching from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. She is a young girl preparing learning the basics of how to be a witch by studying under older more experienced witches. She proves to have witch abilities like first sight (seeing what’s really there) and second thoughts (thinking about…

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Mindfullness 4: The Raisin

Do you like raisins? Because I hate them. They are disgusting abominations, a sad remnant of what used to be a noble fruit, and the world would be a far better place without them. Raisins are responsible for unhealthy trust issues. Don’t believe me? Ever bit into what looked like a delicious chocolate chip cookie…

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Mindfullness 1: What is Mindfullness?

The dictionary definition of mindfullness describes it as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Sounds difficult, and it can be, but it’s not impossible. Mindfullness is a way of activating your wise mind…

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What is Dialectic Behavioural Therapy?

What is DBT? Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is an intensive therapy program specifically tailored for those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. The word ‘dialectic’ comes from the Greek, meaning relating to a dialogue. So a dialectic approach means that the therapy is conducted like a conversation, with various viewpoints and approaches. DBT is not to…

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