Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Sometimes when people use avoidant coping it’s for the purposes of avoiding heavy duty emotions, however it’s also very common for people to use avoidant coping to avoid milder emotions like awkwardness. I very frequently...

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Did you know that how long a person is willing to hold their breath for predicts how long they will persist with trying to give up smoking? People often give up on a Willpower Goal...

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Self Compassion, Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Dr Christopher Germer- author of mindful self compassion. (Around 20 free mp3s that include traditional mindfulness for beginners (body scan, mindfulness of breath, sounds etc.), lovingkindness and self-compassion infused practices)....

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Studies have shown that when people have too many options they avoid making a decision. If you know a lot of strategies for managing your mood/anxiety, it can get confusing as to which one to...

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This is 5 min mindfulness exercise for reducing stress that’s a favorite amongst my therapy clients. It’s especially good for people who pay too much attention to their internal sensations (for example, people with panic...

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Sarah Sarah is a people-pleaser. When people ask her to do things or invite her places, never in a million years would it occur to her that she could say “no” even if she wanted...

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Fatigue and Avoidance (under 400 words)

August 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Let’s think about a bear. A bear hibernates in winter to avoid the dangers of winter. Humans have evolved a similar mechanism. Sometimes when we sense a threat, our bodies respond by making us want...

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I’ve been getting lots of feedback that people like the visual learning tools. Modeled on the Healthy Food Pyramid. It’s a pdf. View or download it at the link below. Healthy Emotion Regulation Strategies Pyramid...

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Most of the strategies that work for people who have “disorders” like depression or anxiety disorders, also work well for dealing with life in general. I like to try out the strategies I recommend to...

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Strategy for Feeling Instantly Calmer

June 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

You can use this strategy when you’re feeling – anxious, – tense, and/or – overly sped up, or like your thoughts and feelings are racing. An emotion is essentially just a set of physiological responses....

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