Radical acceptance means accepting the facts of the situation without changing it. Resisting our circumstances can lead to additional suffering.
For example, we might be frustrated that we have to show up to work when we're sick. Acknowledging that it's a difficult situation validates our situation rather than creating more inner turmoil. When we accept our situation, even if it's uncomfortable, we are better able to cope with it. How can you accept the facts of the situation without changing it?
WE ARE ALLOWED TO FEEL WHAT WE'RE FEELING
Sometimes it's hard to slow down and to feel what we're feeling. We might invalidate ourselves because we think that others might have a tougher situation. While this might be true, you're still entitled to feel what you're feeling. Someone might have a difficult situation AND you are feeling what you're feeling.
What you're feeling doesn't take away from who you are as a person. It doesn't mean that you're not working hard. They're just feelings. They come and go.
HOW DO YOU VALIDATE YOUR FEELINGS?
We're less likely to worry about the future when we're engaging our senses.
STRESS MANAGEMENT: DE-STRESS WITH GROUNDING EXERCISES
How to do it:
Name 5 things using each of your senses
Focusing on the senses helps alleviate our stress.
Grounding exercises are also a great tool for managing trauma, hypervigilence, anxiety, or panic attacks.