ABC Please Skill
The ABC PLEASE skill is about taking good care of ourselves so that we can take care of others. Also, an important component of DBT is to reduce our vulnerability. When we take good care of ourselves, we are less likely to be vulnerable to disease and emotional crisis.
- AAccumulate positive emotions by doing things that are pleasant.
- BBuild mastery by doing things we enjoy. Whether it is reading, cooking, cleaning, fixing a car, working a cross word puzzle, or playing a musical instrument. Practice these things to build master and in time we feel competent.
- CCope Ahead by rehearsing a plan ahead of time so that we can be prepared to cope skillfully.
- Treat Physical Illness and take medications as prescribed.
- Balance eating in order to avoid mood swings.
- Avoid mood-Altering substances and have mood control.
- Maintain good sleep so you can enjoy your life.
- Get exercise to maintain high spirits.