I am lacking in the positive emotions department right now. How fitting that my Monday DBT class spoke about how we can get those positive emotions in our lives. In class, we talked about how accumulating positive emotions can help us when we begin to feel negative emotions come on. By building positive experiences and events NOW we can add positively into our daily lives or have a lot of positive examples to call upon in moments of emotional dysregulation.
Positive Experiences/Events I Can Do NOW!
- Read a book
- Listen to calming music
- Use my anti-stress body spray/pillow mist
- Call/text a friend
- Invite a friend over or go out with a friend
- Watch a favourite movie
- Go for a walk
- Make my favourite meal
This list is similar to what I would do to distract myself, but the difference is that these experiences and activities are done all the time. We should have positivity in our lives every day. Having positive experiences makes the bad moments more bearable or they will happen less often.
I am committing to doing at least one thing each day that will help me accumulate positive emotions! Today I went and saw a movie with B. I really enjoyed the movie and the time we spent together.