I am so grateful to be able to finish up all the modules with DBT Path. Sitting through the first class of emotion regulation demonstrated to me why I need this class and these skills. Even talking about regulating emotions causes me stress. The stress comes from knowing that this will be difficult and fear of what I will feel by going through it. BUT, my DBT class has shown me even if it is difficult it is still possible to relearn skills that can help me become a better person and I do have more confidence going forward in exploring my emotions than I did before.
We were asked in class to identify our personal goals for the next 12 weeks in the emotion regulation module. I came up with 4 goals to start.
1. Decrease my emotional intensity.
2. Accept my emotions (show myself compassion).
3. Identify my triggers, what emotions they bring, how I respond to them and change it!
4. Listen to my emotions more and react less (unless I have listened first).
Emotion regulation will be a real test for me. My main intense emotion has been anger and this anger, while it has hurt me, has protected me. I need to replace my armor and see that anger is not effective armor anymore; DBT is an effective armor!