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Drawing on evidence-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this accessible guide offers 25 microskills to help you face your fears so you can live a truly courageous and meaningful life. With this book, you’ll learn:
Why you avoid stuff
Tips to increase self-awareness in moments of fear
Strategies for untangling from distressing thoughts
How to hold the inevitable pain and discomfort of life lightly
Ways to connect with your values and take action
We are hardwired to avoid, control, and escape the stuff that makes us uncomfortable. But if you’re ready to stop living scared, the tips and tools in this little book will help you pivot back to what really matters to you.
From Publisher's Weekly:
"Social worker Boone (Mindfulness and Acceptance in Social Work), and psychologists Gregg (Diabetes Lifestyle Book) and Coyne (Stuff That’s Loud), share in this informative work lessons on how to face fear and forge ahead. Each chapter is based on a “microskill,” which the authors define as a way of relating to thoughts, feelings, and circumstances. For example, “Deepening Awareness” means paying attention to internal and external feelings, and “Notice Your Thinking” focuses on one’s ability to understand the process of how one comes to thoughts rather than the thoughts themselves. The authors recommend readers “Let Go of Being Right” by releasing the urge to always “win” in discussions or argument with others, and to determine and live out one’s values by “Making Values a Verb.” Brief exercises (termed “teeny tiny practices”) help readers implement the skills and include writing flow charts for one’s thought process and creating a map of all things one wishes to control. Each lesson can be read on its own, making the volume ideal for dipping in and out of. This delightful, information-packed guide will appeal to self-help readers of all types".
You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. Now what? Your doctor has given you directions on what you can do to control your blood sugar. Now you need to find a way to commit to smart choices for better health. And you need to deal with some uncomfortable feelings that might arise in the process. This book offers a powerful and proven new approach that can help you make it happen.
Based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a bold new direction in psychology, these techniques will attempt to help you move past cravings, find motivation to exercise, and manage anxiety that you might feel when you test your blood sugar level. You’ll learn how to embrace the changes you’ll need to make in order to jumpstart your new, healthful lifestyle.