DBT Skill Opposite Action

The DBT skill of Opposite Action for a Low Mood

As part of the DBT recovery skill group, we will be learning skills such as ‘opposite action’ to help with coping with our emotions.

One weekend I was feeling very low, teary and had no motivation to leave the bed. So I went through my bank of skills and identified ‘opposite action’ as a good one to trial.

This DBT skill helps us to identify that our emotions do serve a function however if I followed my urges every time I was feeling down I would be avoiding living my life. I would choose to stay in bed and avoid getting dressed and starting my day. Ultimately leaving me feeling even worse about the situation as I didn’t achieve any of my self-care goals.

The opposite for me when I am feeling low is to move my body. It is hard! But once I am moving that negative energy from my body and nervous system I am feeling more rejuvenated, more hopeful and less lethargic.

So if today is one of those difficult days where you are feeling tired, low and not motivated. Set a couple of activities for yourself that involves you to get out of bed and move around.

– cleaning

– doing the dishes

– taking 10 breaths of fresh air outside

– calling a friend

– have a shower

– walk to your letterbox and back

– put on some uplifting music

Let me know what works for you,

There are still spots available if you would like to join the recovery group!

#DBT #BPD #OT #occupationaltherapy #recovery #mentalhealth #selfcaretips


Published by OT Trauma Tools

Founder Mental health Advocate; Phd Candidate; Occupational Therapy Teacher and Researcher Australia “As an occupational therapist diagnosed with BPD I will use this page to share about the various interventions and strategies that are helpful to those with BPD. I will also share about the positive and sometimes challenging approaches that health professionals have used in my treatment in emergency, inpatient, outpatient and community settings. I hope that by sharing my lived experience I can help improve the experience of those struggling to understand Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD) and also support those living with BPD and other mental health challenges Most importantly we will share how occupation can powerfully help change lives!" Laura

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