20 Nov DBT Skills for a Happy Thanksgiving
There is no “should.” We can be grateful for our family and we can have a difficult time interacting with some of our family members. Let’s do this skillfully. Here are several helpful skills for the holidays:
- Validate your emotions, when they fit the facts.
- Cope ahead: Come up with a plan to effectively navigate difficult family interactions and practice, practice, practice.
- Please Master: Reduce vulnerabilities.
- Schedule pleasant events daily. Have some non-negotiable me time.
- Start the day off (or over) by practicing gratitude.
- Practice lovingkindness towards family members that you have difficulty with, as well as towards yourself.
- Practice radical acceptance.
- Do not be afraid to use TIPP skills.
All of us at the Center for Evidence Based Treatment wish you a happy Thanksgiving.