Ways DBT Will Help You Handle Distress in Life


distress2Quite a few people are able to just sail through just about any kind of distress or crisis in their lives. Others on the other hand, however, seem to become overwhelmed even by the mildest of distress they come up against. One very good way for handling distress in your life is through DBT. DBT can teach people how to assess their distress tolerance skills. Then they learn ways to react to it and learn to use tools that will help them accept and deal more effectively with any reality of any situation.

Aim of DBT

The main aim of DBT is finding a way that clients can learn skills that they can apply to their everyday life while learning different techniques that will help them gain control over the distress, their behavior, emotions, and their thoughts. Some of the important components of DBT and distress management include the following:

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – Clients learn how they can get their needs met more effectively, especially when facing distress. Therapists look at different ways in which their clients can learn how to ask for what they want in life. They also are taught how to assert themselves in a positive manner and know when to say no when needed. They also are taught to set down boundaries that will let them build better relationships and have more self-respect.
  • Mindful Skills – There has been plenty of research that has shown that practicing meditation can be a very effective way of facing distress and relieving ones stress levels. With DBT, meditation can serve several different purposes. It can help relieve stress, help one to feel a lot more grounded and centered. It can also bring them back into the moment. When a person is in the moment, they can then avoid reacting to things they think could happen in the future. It can also help them to react differently to events that happened in the past. They then learn to respond in a more effective manner to what is happening at that present moment.
  • Creating a Wiser Mind – Another thing that mindfulness can do is teach a person to strengthen their communication skills and leads them to a “higher self”. This “higher self” is found in what is known as the “wise mind”. This is a skill that helps people to access an aspect of their self that is calmer and can be more intuitive on how to go forward in stressful situations.
  • Regulate Emotions – DBT can help people learn how to identify some of their thoughts and emotions along with the behaviors and reactions they can evoke. DBT helps clients have a different approach to their health. It helps them to better regulate their daily emotions and teaches them coping techniques that will help them when they are faced with distress that might otherwise tend to be overwhelming.
  • Distress Tolerance – When a person has a low tolerance to distress they can often be overwhelmed by it quite easily. With DBT they learn that it is simply impossible to avoid situations that are painful. It teaches them that distress is simply a normal part of life. With that said, DBT teaches them different ways to cope with distress that enables them to respond to it instead of reacting to it.
  • Radical Acceptance – DBT teaches clients how to consciously learn how to actually accept distress instead of pushing against it. When things in life don’t go as one planned or hoped, it can often be very easy to feel wounded or upset over it. However, when a person practices radical acceptance they will learn how to navigate through these experiences. They are taught to acknowledge the reality of it. This doesn’t mean they should just give up. Instead, it’s a process of letting the pain one is feeling to be logically processed.

Distress Can Be Toxic

When a person experiences too much stress and distress3distress in their lives, it can actually be toxic to their health and overall well-being. Different research has shown that those who have grown up in dysfunctional families tend to be four times more likely to end up suffering from dependency and substance abuse problems.

Those who suffer from distress that leads to abuse are often also dealing with some sort of mental health problem as well. These issues can be bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression, to name just a few. All of which can affect one’s overall health.

DBT can help people with these problems to cope much better with all of their emotional pain, treat their substance abuse as well as their mental health problems. Through DBT, all of these things can be worked on at the same time.

Helps With the Distress Caused by Substance Abuse

Addiction is something that has been shown to affect the chemistry of the brain. This is why addiction is now considered as a disease or illness. Substance abuse and the distress that it causes can be helped through medical treatment combined with DBT. The combination of the two has been quite successful over the years.

With the right medication, patients are able to level out the chemicals found in the brain. This, in turn, will lead to much clearer thinking and can even out their emotions. This then enables them to be able to absorb all the benefits they can receive from DBT.

Now Way to Avoid Distress and Stress

No matter how one tries, avoiding stress and distress in life is impossible. Life is always going to present both. There simply is no way of avoiding it. However, when clients learn the important aspects of DBT, they can be free them from dealing with the distress and stress in a less negative manner. They will learn to solve their issues when they arrive and deal with all the emotions that come with it. Helping them to stay sober and live a more satisfied and healthy life.

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