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What are some good ways to calm down and relax when stressed so that I don't self mutilate?

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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
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In brief: Distress tolerance

A chief component of dialectical behavior therapy is learning how to manage distress.
In addition learning how to practice mindfulness - another element of dbt - can very effective. A thorough medical evaluation would help to determine any potential medication treatments that may make it easier to relax. Breathing retraining or diaphragmatic breathing allows on to recenter and manage anxiety.

In brief: Distress tolerance

A chief component of dialectical behavior therapy is learning how to manage distress.
In addition learning how to practice mindfulness - another element of dbt - can very effective. A thorough medical evaluation would help to determine any potential medication treatments that may make it easier to relax. Breathing retraining or diaphragmatic breathing allows on to recenter and manage anxiety.
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