Recap of Mindful March

Wow, I can’t believe March is already (almost) over! This month felt like it went by really fast, but I have been keeping fairly busy so that definitely makes the time feel like it’s just flying by.

Today I’ve been spending some free time going over plans for April & checking out how I did for March. I am really excited for April, and am really proud of my progress from March. At the end of February I decided I wanted to focus on my mindfulness, thus, Mindful March was born. If you check out that post you can see a bit more info about it!

So a quick recap of what my Mindful March consisted of:

  • Major focus on Mindfulness in my DBT books
  • Daily Mindful tracker (I’ve called mine Mindful Life)
  • Practice 5 mins of Mindfulness daily
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Mindful March

Mindfulness is definitely the DBT skill that I struggle with the most, even after a few years I can’t seem to get the hang of it. So around the end of February I figured I should spend a month paying extra attention to my mindfulness and working on it each day, no matter what. So far it’s gone pretty well, though I’m a still a bit disappointed that I’m still having troubles with it, I am glad that it is becoming more of a habit.

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I came across this Mindfulness tracker on Lindsay Braman’s site and fell in love with it, and thought it would be a good way to add some extra mindfulness into each day, aside from homework and exercises, etc. It’s pretty simple, and that’s what I love about it. At the end of each day I take a few minutes to relax and think about things I saw, heard, felt, tasted & smelled during the span of my day. The first week or so was a bit tough, and I had a hard time remembering what I’d experienced during the day. But after the first week it was a lot easier and quicker to fill out.

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My Mental Health BuJo

I wanted to share these pages with a few people, and the easiest way to do so seems to be to make a post somewhere…so here it is! This is some pictures of most of the pages (so far) in my Mental Health BuJo! It’s not perfect, it’s not fancy…but I like it and it is helpful for me, which is the most important part. Thanks for looking, I hope everyone who has wanted to see more can get some inspiration for their own!

Just a quick note…I don’t track anything in my MHBuJo. I have no mood trackers and I don’t do any of my DBT ‘homework’ in it. It’s mostly notes and some diagrams, quotes, and anything else I come across that I think might be helpful to me in times of distress or just to life my spirits in general. That being said, even without this having much personal information it is still a very private & personal thing to me, all of the things in it are things that I know will help me, so a lot of this might not be useful to others. This is just the stuff I’ve found so far that I’ve noticed I need to be reminded of, or that I’ve found will help keep me on track during a bad day.

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When You Neglect Your DBT Skills

Almost all of the DBT skills I’ve learned have been done 100% on my own. I was lucky enough to attend a small group therapy at the local mental health center, where we went over some skills which definitely tie in with DBT, but unfortunately I have been told I am coping well and don’t need the actual DBT class, so I’ve done it all on my own. Over the last (almost) 4 years I have got quite the collection of DBT books, PDF’s, diagrams and much more. So I can learn them on my own, but the thing with DBT is that you can’t just do each exercise once and expect to be done and retain the skill for later. And some of the skills and exercises are a bit tough to do completely on your own, at least for me. Sometimes it’s really handy to have someone let you know how you could improve how you’re doing something, or suggest alternative methods that might not be in the books, etc. And it’s always nice to have someone in your life who is seeing the hard work you’re putting in and making note of your progress.

In my journey coming to terms with my BPD I haven’t had much of that outside support. Sure, my family is supportive but they don’t really understand at the same time. I can tell them I remembered to use a skill today during a tough time and how proud I am of myself, and they can pat me on the back and say I did a good job, but they don’t understand how big of a deal that can actually be sometimes. There are some skills I can do now without even thinking, but there are still a lot that fall by the wayside so when I realize I used a skill in a situation and did it quite successfully, it’s really nice to have someone other than yourself recognize the effort and how far you’ve gone to get to where you’re at.

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