Dialectical Behavior Therapy draws from Zen Buddhism and the study of Mindfulness. Mindfulness draws the brain’s focus to the present moment in an attempt to slow down life and achieve inner peace. Many folks who come to DBT find themselves ruminating on the past or fretting about the future. Practicing Mindfulness skills can help achieve a balance.
Mindfulness is a core component of DBT. This set of skills is all about focusing on being present in the moment. Being stuck in your own thoughts can be very distressing. Mindfulness is a research-based strategy that gets you out of your head. It encourages you to become more aware of your surroundings and to live in the moment. The DBT module consists of a handful of skills that help you facilitate mindfulness practice as well as provides activities to practice. Like all DBT skills, mindfulness requires extensive practice for it to become second nature. Once practiced, however, it can reduce your stress levels and make you feel happier on a day-to-day basis.
One of the ways to approach the idea of mindfulness and one-mindfully is through learning to breathe mindfully, or conscious breathing. Our...
A Day of Mindfulness This idea originates from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, The Miracle of Mindfulness. Many practitioners argue that Mindfulness should...
The following awareness exercises are meant to assist in accepting reality. Used along with half-smile and observing your breath, these exercises...
Mindfulness is a core component of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Mindfulness is not necessarily ‘meditation’ although it can be. Mindfulness is...
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Making DBT skills second nature takes practice. Use these flashcards on their page, download your own to print out, or purchase our pre-made set from our shop. Read More
DBT has its own lingo which can be hard to understand for beginners. Visit our homemade DBT Encyclopedia to figure out what a term means. Read More
Mindfulness practice is key to DBT. You don't have to meditate in silence everyday, though. Try these Mindfulness exercises to guide you. Read More
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