Live a Skillfull Life

Karyn Hall
Not Validating the Invalid

Not Validating the Invalid

When you enter into a conversation, what is your intention? When interacting with certain people, such as the representative for your cell phone bill, your priority is getting your bill fixed (a task) not maintaining a relationship. At other times the relationship is more important than getting an answer or solving a problem.

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Everyday Mindfulness

Everyday Mindfulness

Bringing mindfulness into your everyday life is part of making a difference and helping decrease the anxiety you might feel. There are many ways to practice mindfulness every day. Remember mindfulness means to be present and pay attention in the moment in a particular...

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Waiting for Wise Mind

Waiting for Wise Mind

Wise Mind is a core concept in DBT. Wise mind includes rational mind and emotion mind. In many ways It's a simple concept. You want to use facts and emotions to make decisions and responses in order to act wisely and be effective. Both facts and emotions contribute to...

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Opportunities to Interpret Energy

Opportunities to Interpret Energy

You know that moment, that instant, when you know there's going to be a conflict? The tension hits. There's a disagreement or you're irritated. Your voice tones change so you don't sound melodic and inviting but lower and maybe even sharp. Your friend's face is flat;...

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What You Believe About You

What You Believe About You

Think about the beliefs you have about yourself. If you described your positive beliefs about yourself, what would you say? Stop for a minute and think about it. Be completely honest. No one's listening. Do you believe you are smart with numbers? Are you confident in...

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Use DBT Skills to Stop Emotional Eating

Use DBT Skills to Stop Emotional Eating

Eating when you aren’t physically hungry can be so frustrating, in addition to being a problem for your health. You promise yourself you aren't going to do it, and then you do. Again. Afterward, you’re miserably full and bloated and upset that you overate or binged...

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Improve the Moment

Improve the Moment

When you are experiencing a difficult, annoying or otherwise unpleasant situation, try IMPROVE the Moment. IMPROVE stands for a group of strategies you can use to add pleasant feelings for a moment and help you get through an unpleasant situation without making it...

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Disappointment

Disappointment

Disappointment can be a powerful emotion. When you are disappointed it can seem like your whole life is blah or worse and that nothing will ever make you happy again. Disappointment is a lot like depression in that tunnel vision can sometimes block you for seeing that...

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Imagery & Relaxation

Imagery & Relaxation

Stress reduction is a necessary part of modern day life. Stress has been said to be one of the major health problems that we have. Stress, particularly chronic stress, is at the root of many health problems you might suffer. Relaxation is a way to reduce stress and...

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Laughter Strengthens Relationships

Laughter Strengthens Relationships

When you are struggling with stress and in emotional pain, its difficult to laugh. Perhaps there doesn't seem to be anything to laugh about, nothing seems funny. Maybe laughing seems to send the wrong message, that others would not believe that you are sad or scared...

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