Distress Tolerance: The Most Important Skill You’ll Ever Learn

Distress tolerance is the most valuable skill you can learn. There’s nothing more capable of helping you survive the painful parts of abuse recovery. It will stabilize you like nothing else. It will transform your life.

I had a major crisis happen a couple weeks ago where a huge amount of insights into childhood trauma came up. If this happened a few years ago, I would have felt suicidal.

But I was fine while facing it.

It was difficult and uncomfortable and painful, yes, but I had no desire to put an end to things. I was confident I could get through the difficult and terrifying revelation.

This is all thanks to learning distress tolerance. It’s a skill that literally saves lives—and I know it can empower you too.

Before jumping into this episode, here’s a clue on what distress tolerance is. It’s a therapeutic technique that builds your resilience to physical or emotional pain. Essentially, you learn to tolerate distress better.

So, when something super painful happens, you’ll feel more stable while facing it. You will have a greater amount of inner strength.

That’s why distress tolerance is the most important skill to learn. Whether you face trauma memories, emotional pain, or another crisis—you’ll know you can get through it.

Give this a watch and learn this life-saving technique!

Struggling to find the best coping mechanisms for you? Check this video out too!

Don’t miss these highlights:

A great analogy to help you understand how distress tolerance fits into your life [0:47]

How gentle stretching can teach you this skill and help you survive any emotional pain you face [1:38]

The single action you need to take when an overwhelming emotion hits you [3:16]

There is no other skill that will help you recover with the same swiftness and ease as distress tolerance. And it works no matter what trauma you’ve faced.

Be sure to watch this episode to give this week’s challenge a try! I’d love to hear how it empowered you—so go ahead and leave a comment below.

With time and practice, when a strong emotion or crisis hits you, you’ll be able to say, with absolute certainty, “I can get through this.” Because your ability to handle unexpected and painful situations will have grown by learning distress tolerance.

I know you’ll thrive one day. You’ve just taken a giant leap in healing from abuse—simply by learning about this powerful technique.

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  • RhiRhi
    August 14, 2018 at 4:40 am

    So is what you’re saying to do is like maybe take deep breaths while saying to yourself “I got this. I can handle it” etc.? I may be a little confused here-my apologies!

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