Just Do the Thing

Did you know that humans tend to be fairly inaccurate when predicting future emotional states? Take anxiety for example. We can spend hours or even days obsessing over a task that needs to be done. Maybe an unpleasant email or phone call – a task that in and of itself will consume less than halfContinue reading “Just Do the Thing”

Weighted Blanket for the Win

Sleep – a physiological state of rest during which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes are closed / postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness is suspended. Ask anyone who struggles with depression, anxiety or PTSD about their sleep quality and they’ll likely disclose a litany of issues: Insomnia – difficulty with falling or stayingContinue reading “Weighted Blanket for the Win”

DBT Skills for COVID-19

The world is feeling an unprecedented amount of anxiety. Everyone’s life has been turned upside down. Many are struggling to deal with negative emotions. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills provide a framework for understanding and managing emotions. So as the world is rapidly changing (and I have felt absolutely zero inspiration to blog at thisContinue reading “DBT Skills for COVID-19”

Build Mastery to Battle Depression

Yesterday morning I repaired my broken vacuum cleaner. I purchased it in May of last year & it had quit working in October.  Unfortunately I had lost the receipt during the craziness of last summer.  So even though it was still under warranty, I knew I would have trouble getting it replaced/fixed.  I asked my ex toContinue reading “Build Mastery to Battle Depression”

Examples of Emotions that Fit the Facts Infograph

I’ve referenced this checklist of when Emotions Fit the Facts in 3 or 4 of my recent posts. Each time I end up pulling up a screenshot of a page out of the book to look at. Thought I’d make a pretty one to share 😊 #dbt #dialecticalbehaviortherapy #emotion #emotionregulation #emotionalregulation #personality #bpd #bpdawareness #npdContinue reading “Examples of Emotions that Fit the Facts Infograph”

DBT Emotion Regulation: Using Opposite Action for Anxiety

I started a new side gig this weekend with an event company (because most of us need a couple of hustles to pay the bills, ya know what I mean?) I’ve got a bit of a background in bar 🍺 and restaurant management. When I’m in the hospitality zone, there are many aspects of thisContinue reading “DBT Emotion Regulation: Using Opposite Action for Anxiety”

PTSD 101: Fight, Flight & Freeze – Surviving a Freeze

I had a full-blown PTSD Freeze moment yesterday.   I’ll be honest, it caught me off guard.  For the past month, I have not experienced any of the physical effects of my C-PTSD.  A change I contribute that to reaching the apex of my trauma work mid-December.  Physically I’ve felt the difference. I am no longer fighting night terrors orContinue reading “PTSD 101: Fight, Flight & Freeze – Surviving a Freeze”