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Re: Distress tolerance

Posted by Daisym on August 13, 2009, at 0:32:54

In reply to Re: Distress tolerance Nadezda, posted by Dinah on August 13, 2009, at 0:05:44

Loud music is one of my favorite stress tolerance activities. The type of music might change but I want it loud enough to drown out my thoughts. Usually I go for Jazz - Chris Botti - or for Sinatra but I love Country too.

Breathing also works very, very well for me. I focus on slow deep breaths, counting in and counting out. I think years of being a childbirth educator has given me great training here. But breathing calms the body and gives the mind something to focus on. You just have to practice.

Tapping works too. You tap in sequence on your outer hand or tap heel/toe. It works, don't know why exactly.

The other, kind of silly, thing I do is that I project forward. I tell myself that in 1 hour, or 1 day or 1 week, this will all be over with. It gets me through some of the immediate hard stuff.




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