Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:
Whether you are living with physical limitations, chronic pain, or other states of discomfort, allowing yourself to actually accept your condition is a major step towards wellness. Your body is going to undergo changes that can be comforting and/or disturbing. Waging a mental war with these changes can hinder the prospect of a healthier life by adding self-blame, alienation, and self-criticism to an already challenging situation. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy provides you with skills for learning to take back control in order to lead the valued life you desire.
The Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding LiveS (PEARLS)
The PEARLS Program is a program using methods of problem solving, social and physical activation, and increased pleasant events to reduce depression in people with chronic health conditions and people who are socially isolated . It specifically has been researched as an evidence based practice for older adults and people with epilepsy. PEARLS is an empowering, skill-building approach. When you learn a new skill, no one can take that away from you, and that is part of what makes PEARLS such an effective approach.
Loving Kindness is a practice that provides a chance for you to open your heart and let go of fear, pain, resentment, and sorrow. Loving Kindness practice involves first sending healing thoughts and caring to yourself. This may be difficult at first, since many of us carry loud self-critics in our heads. However, Loving Kindness can enhance feelings of well being and connection to others, especially as the practice evolves into sending loving kindness to mentors, friends, strangers, difficult people, and all beings.
The practice of mindfulness can bring many benefits to your emotional and physical health, as well as to the relationships in your life. "Mindfulness" is being here, now, without judgment and with present moment awareness. Being mindful involves noticing what you usually ignore, such as the sound of leaves, the feel of your breath as you exhale, the seeing of colors on an insect crossing your path… Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an approach that develops your capacity for mindfulness as a way to cope with chronic pain and stress-related illnesses.
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