Mental Illness Mouse

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- Describe your environment in detail, using all your senses - for example, “The walls are white; there are five pink chairs; there is a wooden bookshelf against the wall…” Describe objects, sounds, textures, colors, smells, shapes, numbers, and the temperature. You can do this anywhere.

- Play a “categories” game with yourself. Try to think of “types of dogs,” “jazz musicians,” “states that begin with A…”

- Do an age progression. If you have regressed to a younger age, you can slowly work your way back up until you are back to your current age.

- Describe an everyday activity in great detail. For example, describe that you cook (e.g., ” First I peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters…”)

- Imagine. Use an image: Glide along on skates away from your pain; change the TV channel to get to a better show; think of a wall as a buffer between you and your pain.

- Say a safety statement. ” My name is ____________; I am safe right now. I am in the present, not in the past.”

- Read something, saying each word to yourself. Or read each letter backward so that you focus on the letters and not the meaning of the words

- Use humor. Think of something funny to jolt yourself out of your mood.

- Count to 10 or say the alphabet very slowly.

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