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December Activity - Dealing with the December Rush


December Activity   This week, when you feel like doing anything that you know is not healthy for you, pause and take 5 deep slow breaths….slowly and deeply inhale until your lungs feel full…and then slowly and deeply exhale until your lungs feel empty. Pause slightly at the top of each inhale and the bottom of each exhale. This slows the frantic December pace and allows you time to think before you act. Now make your choice. Pausing for just a moment of healthy breathing gives you time to think before acting on impulse. Remember, you can use your DBT Observe skill to just observe the impulse to act rather than acting on the urge. You can use Wise Mind to do what is effective. If you have no unhealthy urges, it is still a great idea to do the breathing exercise several times each day to give yourself a moment of relaxation.
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