I have been very stressed leading up to yesterday, knowing it was coming. At 3:00 pm yesterday, when I headed home, I felt overcome with exhaustion. I went home, connected on Twitter, and then fell asleep on the couch. I was out.
I'm writing out what's happening. I told my boyfriend how I'm feeling. I'm taking action
to cope skillfully.
I did my makeup and hair nicely today. I also helped boyfriend clean laundry room and take
recyclables to the recycling facility. I am also blogging.
3. Do the OPPOSITE of other action (or inaction) urges.
what I saw around me. I let me self be in the moment, reminding myself, "Just this moment,
just this breath."
Experience new or positive activities you are engaging in.
I was mindful of this and adjusted accordingly, including doing the "Yes to Life" radical
- Distract with my favorite TV shows
- Push away emotions - I think it's perfectly fine to put these thoughts "on the shelf," as they serve me no good.
- Think new thoughts based on experiences (i.e. from funny TV show).
- Use self-soothing by wrapping up in my favorite blanket on the couch with my cats
- Listen to upbeat songs that improve the moment, including:
- Move (about trusting things will get better, and until then, I can dance in the rainstorm.)
- Don't Give Up (the title says it all)
- Vacation: I will practice "going somewhere else in my mind," which has been helpful in the past.
I have DBT group on Tuesday and Thursday and an individual session with my therapist on Thursday as well. I have the skills to cope through this distress, and I will.
How might you apply some of these skills when you are feeling this way?
Thanks for reading.