Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness Skills (DBT)
In today’s world with so many uncertainties I believe it is necessary to learn mindfulness skills in order to cope with the many daily complexities that we face.
Emotions are neither good or bad, right or wrong. Feelings just are. They exist, for better or worse. There is a difference between having an emotion and doing or acting on the emotion. Remember emotions don’t last forever. This is easy to say, but in the moment when the emotion comes you do not have to act on your feeling. All you need to do is recognize the emotion and feel it. Emotions are not fact. When emotions are strong they often feel like the truth, but they are just emotions.
So what can you do, our emotions serve important survival functions. Feelings come and go, from one moment to the next, it takes a different mindset to just accept your emotions as they arise and not automatically react to them.
But here is the irony: our brain is hardwired to pay attention more often to what’s negative. This is because as a human race our evolutionary development has been hardwired to survival not happiness. This doesn’t mean that good moments are not happening, we are not wired to pay attention to them.
So what can we do? Through mindfulness practice and (DBT) cognitive training we can rewire the brain to pay more attention to the positive moments in life. This is a skill that everyone can develop and practice in order to create more balance their life.