- Distracting – Take your mind off of painful emotions when the situation cannot be remedied in that moment. (I love to watch Drop Dead Diva and Samantha Who? during my TV time. I also enjoy Seinfeld and King of Queens reruns. Do you watch these shows, too? I’d love to chat about them on Twitter.)
- Self-Soothe – Use vision and sound to watch and listen to shows that are uplifting and non-triggering. Further enhance with a snuggly blanket and some decaf tea.
- Mindful Listening – What I do is either have my iPad or an old fashioned pad of paper and a pen nearby while I’m watching a show. If one of the characters says something that I think is thought provoking and related to my DBT practice, I log it
- Contributing – I sometimes I share these little golden nuggets via Twitter or Facebook.