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God bless dbt and mindful self compassion

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Was having an anxiety attack earlier, still not 100%, but I used dbt to identify the emotion, observe what it was doing to me, trace back the cause, then applied mindful self compassion to self soothe.

I talked to myself with the type of kindness and care I usually only reserve for my friends, and never myself.

And you know what? It worked.

i feel soothed and calmer than I was an hour ago.

its such an alien feeling, talking to yourself, telling yourself that it will be ok, that what I am feeling isn’t my fault, that I deserved to be protected, that I am cared for.

but I did it anyway.

maybe it will only work this one time, but at least I opened my mind and heart to care, even if it’s self care.

for those of you who don’t know about mindful self compassion:

 
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My dialogue is more "You've handled this before, you can do it again."
 
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I agree! I have a DBT workbook for this very reason, and even though it’s a really slow process, I keep getting better. :)
 

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