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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

Today seems like the perfect day to jump back into writing.  The sun is shining and I'm once again picking up the pieces of a turbulent winter.  I can now look clearly at the past few months events and realize that yes it was hard but it was better than the year before.  I didn't wait as long to get help and I was able to crawl out of my hole faster.  I opted not to write the last few months out of frustration.  I want my writing to be productive and I was afraid my writing would become large rants from the surge of frustration and anger I was feeling.

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I am not at 100% and I realize and accept I will probably never be there.  I can say though, I am at a better place than I was a year ago.  Once again I learned a lot about myself during my struggles. I found the courage and strength to pick myself up and try again.

Now that I can function and think rationally it is time to build myself up and develop new and better skills to weather the next storm.  It was recently pointed out to me that my current coping skills are not very healthy or productive.  This is something I could not disagree with. I have a tendency to avoid and shut myself in my room when I can't handle life.

On Monday at counseling it was time to brain storm new, healthier coping skills.  I am the type of person who needs something to do to bring myself forward.  That is why in the past I have turned to school, projects and work.  If I do not have one of those things to focus on I tend to just hide myself in books and movies.

Work is currently still causing me a significant amount of stress so that option is out.  I currently do not have the strength in my hand to work on a project.  I have tendentious in my wrist from work so the less movement when I'm at home the better. I would love nothing more than to go to grad school and get my degree in counseling.  Unfortunately that is not in the budget right now or something I would be able to take on with work.  So the logical thing seems to be to find some workbooks that would not only help me with my personal journey but also educate me on different therapy techniques.

The first workbook I have chosen to start with is "The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skill Workbook" by Matthew McKay, PH.D., Jeffrey C. Wood, PSY.D. and Jeffrey Brantley, MD.

I had to set the book down at page 9 to write because I am struggling with concentrating.  I need to clear my mind and remind myself why this is important. My phone is being turned off because I am getting work messages that are not helping me control my emotions.  I need to focus on my development so I can answer those messages in a healthy manner.  As discussed in the first chapter I need to distract myself until I can answer properly.  I am not avoiding the situation because I am going to come back to the problem.

My goal is to journal my thoughts as I work through this book.  This is not typical of my previous entries but I feel it could be beneficial for my development.