Sometimes stress is unavoidable. You can’t control everything in your world. The economy, your relationships and health are all in part, out of your control. As a result, you can find yourself in uncertain and stressful circumstances.
This stress may be the result of one event, but often it is multiple stressful events occurring at the same time that leave you feeling pressure.
DBT Distress Tolerance Skills are designed to help you survive crisis. They are not meant as long term strategies to improve your life, but are essential skills to get your through that moment of crisis. Strategies that can help you in times of intense stress include: Continue reading “5 Simple Strategies to Survive Stress” »
When do coping techniques turn into avoidance?
Recently we had a minor crisis in our home. It was actually one with a positive outcome, but regardless of the ultimate result it was unexpected and overwhelming. Without even thinking, I began a new book. I love to read. I’ve devoured books since I was a child and still feel at loose ends if I don’t have a book going. It’s a natural coping mechanism for me: A blissful escape from problems and stress.
Soon I began reading at every possible moment. The laundry began to pile up and the kids rejoiced at pizza and fast food dinners. I read during dinner, in the evenings, while cooking or emptying the dishwasher. When I wasn’t able to read, I was thinking about how I’d sneak in the next few pages. I was avoiding the original crisis, the people around me and every tedious task I could. Continue reading “Stress Management or Avoidance?” »