“Once we accept the reality of the current moment (however unpleasant it may be) for what it is, and not what we wish it were, we can turn our attention to ways to improve it. The following suggestions to improve the moment come from dialectical behavioral (DBT) a hybrid of cognitive behavioral therapy and zen . DBT was created by psychologist, Marsha Linehan, to reduce the distress associated with intense emotional pain. However, its principles and strategies can also apply to ongoing physical pain. Moreover, physical and emotional pain are often interrelated: Living with physical pain can be emotional taxing! Plus, pain symptoms are often exacerbated when we feel emotionally vulnerable.
If you live with, you may discover that you are already using DBT skills, without realizing it. Consider the following strategies, whether as new ideas or gentle reminders…”
Absolutely fabulous article using DBT skills to survive, and thrive in a life with chronic pain and/or chronic illness.
How to survive chronic pain, one moment at a time