So one of the skills I learned in DBT is called ‘Opposite to Emotion’ action and it is pretty much exactly what it says.
The way I understand this skill is it is not about suppressing the emotion; it is abut using the emotion to take a different action. It is said that the idea behind this technique is that it can help to deal with distressing emotions by setting into motion an action that is helpful, not harmful.
And I KNOW all people who suffer with BPD can relate to what I am about to say…it is far easier stepping aside the rabbit hole than getting yourself out of said rabbit hole once you have fallen in.
So for example it was a choice for me this morning to grab my jacket and keys (with full blown nausea in full swing) and go to the store to get myself some groceries. No matter what I chose food wise, I got up and moved; didn’t let the swirling vortex mentioned in previous post take ahold of me anymore than it already had….now if I hadn’t acted upon it when I did…I would be in my recliner, hating myself and my best friend and wanting it all to go away (still do but not in a final way)…
Again if you don’t have BPD you might not get this post but I KNOW at least one person will read this and go ‘hey I do that, yay me!’ And that is what it’s all about.
Thanks for reading along; sometimes I am ‘happy’ sometimes ‘down’ but one thing is guaranteed, complete honesty no matter what the emotion!
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Love & Grace.