Distress Tolerance–Activities


Dialectical Behavior Therapy Resources

I’m hoping to add to the blog a series of posts about specific Distress Tolerance skills so that readers can come here to find a menu of concrete distraction techniques. I welcome suggestions and favorite techniques from readers, so feel free to send me your favorites.

In the Distress Tolerance module of DBT, we learn the acronym, “ACCEPTS,” which encourages distractions in the presence of high stress by means of the following:

Activities, Contributions, Comparisons, opposite Emotions, Pushing away thoughts, Thoughts of other things (like math problems or song lyrics), and strong Sensations

One ACTIVITY you might try: Join the adult coloring trend. While there has been some dispute in the media about whether adult coloring does all that its proponents claim for it, most of these concerns don’t really matter for Distress Tolerance. Get yourself some markers or crayons (or use whatever pens and…

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