12 Days Of Mindfulness

12 Days Of Mindfulness

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people. The year is winding down, and people start to think about all that they have accomplished — or have not accomplished — over the past year. The holidays are a time for joy, except many people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble finding that joy. The holidays are also a time for celebration. This can be a tricky


How Can I Overcome My Social Anxiety?

How Can I Overcome My Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety plagues 15 million American adults (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). Social anxiety can be extremely difficult to live with. Many people, 36% of those with social anxiety, did not reach out for help for at least 10 years of experiencing symptoms. It’s more than just being shy; social anxiety disrupts a person’s daily functioning. There are ways you can manage social anxiety, though. Read below to find


Common Anxiety Signs

Common Anxiety Signs

Anxiety is more common than you think — 40 million American adults are impacted (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). Of course, not all stress is an anxiety disorder, but many people who think their stress is “normal” are actually suffering from a diagnosable condition. We know that diagnoses are not always clear cut. It can be difficult to understand a diagnosis, which is why it’s important to reach out


What Are Some Triggers For Relapse?

What Are Some Triggers For Relapse?

Events that trigger a response in a person can send someone back to relapse if they are trying to stay sober. Recovery is a long and winding road and triggers are as common as a passing car. We want to help you avoid relapsing. To do this, you must be aware of things that trigger you so you can avoid them or deal with them in healthy ways. Here are


Avoiding Harmful Clichés

Avoiding Harmful Clichés

Stigmatizing words and phrases are all over. In coffee shops and on t-shirts, everywhere we look, there are stigmatizing mental health phrases. From an “OCD: Obsessive Coffee Disorder” sign to a “cute but psycho” t-shirt, mental health is widely misunderstood. This misunderstanding surrounding mental health translates into the clichés we use in our daily conversations. These overused words and phrases help no one. They actually hurt. They perpetuate the misunderstanding


What Are Some Recovery Tools I Should Have In My Toolbox?

What Are Some Recovery Tools I Should Have In My Toolbox?

Recovery from an addiction can be a turbulent ride. It’s not easy to stop using when it’s something you’ve seemingly always known. Recovery isn’t linear, either. You’re going to have setbacks every now and then. You’ve got to do your best to stay on the right track and have a good mindset so, when those setbacks occur, you’ll be able to move on in a timely fashion. Stopping your patterns


DBT Skills: Self Soothe

DBT Skills: Self Soothe

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that gives individuals the skills to practice mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. Today, Pinnacle Recovery is going to focus on one specific distress tolerance tip: self-soothing. Self-soothing can be done by using any of your senses to calm down. This is also commonly referred to as a grounding technique. You can ask yourself about the things around you that you


What Can I Do To Be More Resilient In The Morning?

What Can I Do To Be More Resilient In The Morning?

The mornings can be a difficult time for many people with anxiety. You can wake up and feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities. If you already feel down in the morning, you may need help bouncing back to jump-start your day. Being resilient is an important trait to have. Here are some self-care tools you can use in the morning to be more resilient.  Why do we get anxious first thing


DBT Skills: IMPROVE

The IMPROVE skills help when you don't have control over your situation. A lack of control can give you intense emotions that you can be difficult to deal with.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that gives individuals the skills to practice mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. Today, Pinnacle Recovery is going to focus on one specific distress tolerance tip: IMPROVE.  To remind you, IMPROVE stands for Imagery, Meaning, Prayer, Relaxation, One thing in the moment, Vacation, and Encouragement. The IMPROVE skills help when you don’t have control over your situation. A lack of control


What Are The 4 Horsemen?

What Are The 4 Horsemen?

The Gottman Institute has developed four signs that signal the end of a relationship, which they call The Four Horsemen. Here is an excerpt from their website, stating where the name came from: “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a metaphor depicting the end of times in the New Testament. They describe conquest, war, hunger, and death, respectively. We use this metaphor to describe communication styles that, according to our


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