I post a lot of stuff about how I’m doing and the activities that I do in order to keep going. What I don’t usually post about is DBT skills that I use on a daily basis. So, basically, I am going to use this post to list a few of my favorite skills and how I use them.
*PLEASED – This skill addresses the physical aspect of being healthy. It involves exercise, personal hygiene, diet, sleep habits, and abstaining from non-prescribed mood altering substances such as alcohol and drugs. HOW I USE IT! Sometimes, I feel crappy and don’t want to do anything. I use this skill to hop in the shower and put make up on. Sometimes, that simple act can turn my mood around. I also use this when I need to be gentle on myself and take a nap or rest.
*One Thing at a Time (OT) – I overwhelm myself easy. I jump to conclusions and am thinking a few steps ahead of where I am. This skill helps me take a minute and focus on what I am doing in the moment. HOW I USE IT! When I am overwhelmed, I take a mental note to clear my mind as best as I can, and mindfully do whatever it is that I am doing. If I am taking a shower, I focus on the water and the smells of my soap. If I am getting ready for the day and feel overwhelmed, I do my best to slow down and focus on the way my clothes feel, pick my make up more carefully, and so on and so forth.
*Build Positive Experiences (BPE) – This skill helps build up positive experiences that can eventually replace the negative experiences. HOW I USE IT! I love this skill. I am using it every time that I decide to something awesome or epic. I am using it when I plan parties, vacations, or even just simple family movie nights. It helps me focus on the positive moments in my life.
Wow. That was only 3 skills. I use ALOT more than that on a daily basis. I am far from mastering them, but I do practice a lot. I’ll keep going in further posts about DBT.
Did I not mention your favorite skill? No problem, there will be more! Give me suggestions of skills you want me to cover!