In this week’s Great Mental Health Experiment video, I try out some legit ways to focus your mind when you’re freaking out.
The fancy word for this distress tolerance – matching our intense feelings with intense experiences in safe, controlled ways. This helps give your brain a break from your emotions so it can do its job and get us back to balance. These skills are especially helpful if you want to do something unhelpful, like self harm or punch someone.
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5 Amazingly Simple Distress Tolerance Skills
1. Squeeze Ice
Grab a cube of ice from the freezer and give it a squeeze. Notice the sensation. Describe what you feel.