Week 04

Week 05

Week 06

So, there you have it. This week we have discussed the concept of mindfulness and how it relates to anger. We have also covered several skills that teach you ‘what’ to do and ‘how’ to practice mindfulness. It can be surprising how much difference this simple set of skills can make in your life. However, don’t be fooled, simple does not mean easy. These skills will require regular practice.

We encourage you to practice these skills every day to build up your confidence in using them. First, practice them when you are calm. As you get more confident, you can use them in more challenging situations that involve anger. It is important to understand and practice mindfulness skills, as these skills form the foundation for all other skills taught in DBT. You will need to draw on your mindfulness skills when using other techniques to manage your anger.

One of the first benefits you might notice is that mindfulness allows you to have space between feeling anger and your response to it. Within that space, you can decide to do something that makes the situation better, rather than worse. We build on this concept next week, when we learn more skills to ‘tame the ugly side of anger’.