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  • April Griffin

Survive stress by self-soothing

Updated: Aug 5, 2023



A picture of a field with a hill in the background
A picture of a field with a hill in the background



The DBT skill I personally find the most helpful when experiencing stress is the distress tolerance IMPROVE skill. For example, if I can't sleep I will use imagery to imagine some of my favourite places and it usually helps me calm my nervous system. Relaxation with a warm bath is my go to way to cope when I find myself stressed or overwhelmed.


DBT Distress Tolerance skills are short-term strategies to get through difficult moments. You may need to repeat them and/or try different skills in order to get to a place where you no longer feel anxious, or triggered.


To learn more about DBT skills contact us info@emotionwise.ca to join our next Trauma-Informed DBT Skills group



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DBT skill IMPROVE the moment

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