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  • Writer's pictureEaston Gaines, MSEd, PsyD

How to REST: A DBT informed skill to instantly chill.


Relax. Stop what you’re doing, freeze, take a breath, pause. Create some space between what you’re doing right now and your intention. Take a few slow breaths to help yourself calm down before choosing an alternative meaningful action.

Evaluate. Ask yourself what the facts are? Observe what is happening physically, emotionally, and mentally. “How do I feel?” “What’s happening” “Is anyone in danger"

Set an intention. Choose something to do — make a plan, write it down. If nothing comes to mind, choose a coping skill!

Take action. Finally, proceed mindfully (slowly, with awareness). While it might not solve the problem, it could boost your mood for a short moment.

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Aug 26, 2021

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