Calm Down Using Your 5 Senses

As some of you may know, I’m currently in a Dialectical Behavior Therapy program for Borderline Personality Disorder. Last week, we talked about self-soothe strategies that involve using your five senses to calm you down. Using your senses, you can effectively calm yourself down during times of high distress. I personally love channeling sounds and […]

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15-Day Gratitude Challenge

I’ve created this 15-Day Gratitude Challenge to encourage you to find something to be positive about every day. Try not to judge yourself for what you celebrate. 

To keep track of your progress, you can either write in a notebook, share on social media with the hashtag #goodnewschallenge, or follow my daily posts on Instagram at @briannafae.blog. I’ll be posting the good news prompts every day for you to comment on, starting on November 15th, 2017. Feel free to mix up the order for these prompts as you see fit!

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43 Struggles of Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a Cluster B personality disorder that causes emotion dysregulation, making it hard to manage relationships with yourself and others. Like all mental illnesses, BPD is a serious condition. What’s scary about BPD is the fact that around 9% of people with BPD die by […]

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3 Steps To Loving Yourself + Love Yourself Challenge

“Loving yourself is the greatest revolution.”  We’re told all the time that it’s important to love ourselves.  What people don’t realize is that it can be hard to have self confidence when you’re dealing with a mental illness.  The feeling of not doing anything right is hard to shake.  Feeling like a burden to others […]

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How To Make an Anxiety Tool Kit

An anxiety tool kit is a collection of objects and/or resources that you can use to calm yourself down during stressful times.  It can be portable (in the form of a wristlet or section of your bag), virtual (in the form of bookmarked links and images), or in a box at home.  I made a portable tool kit in therapy last summer, and it was helpful for those summer parties where I felt socially awkward and nervous to meet new people.

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What Dialectical Behavior Therapy Taught Me

Although I have been to many therapists with different approaches since I was eleven years old, I’ve found that the most effective form of therapy for me was Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This type of therapy, often abbreviated as DBT was developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan as a treatment for borderline personality disorder.  Since its inception […]

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