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Do You Have Issues With Coping?

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Do You Have Issues With Coping?
Life is full of ups and downs. Things will happen that will make you feel down or even sad. These feelings are natural but sometimes it may be more than you can handle.
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3 More Apps

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I have three more apps you might be interested in. The first is called ReliefLink.  It has several relapse prevention planning features in one app. 1. Mood tracking plus suicidal thoughts. If the mood is low or suicidal thoughts are present, the app links to your previously made safety plan or other in app resources. 2.  Relaxation Exercises (relaxation and mindfulness)3. Relaxing Music--just hit play and you will hear calming music. Reallllly calm. It's soft so I th...
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Apps for ACT and Mindfulness

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In all IOP groups, we discuss the concept of mindfulness. We often practice this skill in group, but in order to be proficient in this skill, it is something to be practiced regularly. Both of these apps are available for apple and android.
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2 new apps

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There are two new apps from The National Center for Telehealth and Technology. Both are available from iTunes and Google play.  The first is Virtual Hope Box. From the website: "The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.Patients and providers can work together to...
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Meditation for beginners

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In groups, we ask people to practice meditating as a way to cope with depression, anxiety, and cravings. In most groups, you probably have had the opportunity to practice a little bit.  Once you leave IOP, you might want a little more help. Here is a site that offers a free 7 day course on developing meditation skills. Take note of their tips on how to make meditation part of your daily routine. 
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I was talking t someone lately about apps for managing symptoms and was told about an app called Worry Box. While searching for that app, I came across this article about the best anxiety apps of the year. Some of these are already listed on our resources page, but I thought I'd link to the article as well. If you happen to try any of these out, please let me know what you think of them.
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A few months ago in group, we were talking about different things we find relaxing. We probably were in Coping group, working on distress tolerance. One group member suggested using A.S.M.R. I had never heard of such a thing. ASMR, a phenomenon called autonomous sensory meridian response, or A.S.M.R., designed to evoke a tingling sensation that travels over the scalp or other parts of the body in response to auditory, olfactory or visual forms of stimulation.Come to find out, youtube i...
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How Are You At Being Mindful?

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At MidValley Healthcare, one of the problems we work on is coping with symptoms of anxiety. We spend considerable time on using CBT skills to combat distorted thoughts that lead to anxiety, but another skill that is helpful in reducing anxiety is being mindful.  Mindfulness is about being fully present, aware of the current state, calmly accepting or at least acknowledging one's thoughts, feelings, sensations, etc. Obviously, this takes lots and lots of practice. In being mindful w...
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Walking Meditation

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It is that glorious time of year in June where there weather is just perfect. The sun is shining and it's not too hot.  Often, therapists ask our clients to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise. In January that can be a daunting task, but right now is great time to get outside.  If you're not ready for vigorous exercise, consider doing a walking meditation. Walking meditation is an opportunity to be mindful, present and moving at the same time, rather than ...
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