There’s this thing in DBT called Opposite Action where you do the opposite of your emotion to try to change it.
Today, I’m definitely trying to change the depression and anxiety that I was experiencing yesterday.
I changed my sheets and I am washing (or rather drying now) my pillowcases.
I made plans with a friend.
I am going to get into the shower.
I am going to go to the store to buy a new wallet thingie and another store to buy new play doh. I mix it with essential oils (usually lavender) and turn it into like a therapy doh. It’s super fun and not messy (except when I mix it), and it is relaxing. It makes my hands smell lovely too!
It’s good to have plans.
I might even go to the natural foods store to look for another oil to mix my play doh with. I like the lavender, but there might be a new scent I like better.
Anyway, that’s the whole point of Opposite Action: to change your mood. I’m counting on it to work. It’s working pretty well so far.
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