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Embrace your demons, and follow your heart.



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Mindfulness Skills

Mindfulness Skills

  1. Defusion: learning to perceive thoughts, images and memories as pictures and words, rather than threats, rules and objective facts.
  2. Expansion: making room for unpleasant feelings, sensations and urges; allowing them to come and go without struggling with them or running from them.
  3. Connection: bringing full awareness to your here-and-now experience, with openness, interest, and receptiveness; focusing on, and engaging fully in the present.
  4. The Observing Self: accessing a transcendent sense of self; unchanging and ever present, where no thought is dangerous, threatening, or controlling.


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Acceptance & Commitment

Acceptance & Commitment

Acceptance and commitment therapy aims to create a rich, full and meaningful life while effectively handling the painful thoughts and feelings that go with it.

  • Effectively handling painful thoughts and feelings is done through mindfulness, which can be divided in to defusion, expansion, connection, and the observing self.
  • Creating a rich, full and meaningful life is done by setting goals, guided by your values, and taking committed and effective action to achieve them.


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Finding Your Values

Finding Your Values

Your values are what is most important, deep in your heart; what sort of person you want to be; what is significant and meaningful to you; and what you want to stand for in this life.

There are ten domains of values:

  • Family
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Friendships
  • Employment
  • Education and Personal Development
  • Recreation, Fun and Leisure
  • Spirituality
  • Community Life
  • Environment and Nature
  • Health and Body


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Setting Goals

Setting Goals

  • Focus on one domain at a time.
  • Write down your goals. This makes you more likely to take action.
  • Goals should be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time -bound.
  • Set a combination of immediate, short term (days to weeks), medium term (weeks to months) and long term (years) goals.
  • Never set a dead person's goal, something a dead person could do better than you.


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Obstacles to Change

Obstacles to Change

  • Fusion with unhelpful thoughts. Solution: defuse the thoughts and recognise them as just words.
  • Expectations that are unrealistic. Solution: break goals down to smaller pieces, extend their timeframes, and don't be afraid to make mistakes.
  • Avoidance of uncomfortable feelings. Solution: recognise that working towards goals generates pleasant feelings too, of curiosity, excitement and satisfaction.
  • Remoteness from your values. Solution: write down your values, read them through, and change as required.


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