Gaining Control Over Life’s Rollercoaster: The Art of Letting Go

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Ryann Nicole

In a world where control can feel like a distant dream, we’ve all been on that emotional rollercoaster. Life’s imperfections can throw us for a loop, leaving us scrambling to regain control. But guess what? It’s not about controlling life; it’s about mastering how you react to it.

In this journey to finding your inner calm, we’ll explore three powerful skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, crafted by the remarkable Marsha Linehan. These skills will not only help you navigate any situation without making it worse but also liberate you from the shackles of unnecessary control. Remember, change is inevitable, and brighter days will come. But until then, here’s how to make peace with the present.

1. Turning the Mind: Choosing to Let Go

When life goes bonkers, stress and emotions run high. ‘Turning the mind’ is your escape route to inner peace. It’s the conscious decision to accept your current reality. Recognize the areas where you’re resisting the present and commit to embracing it. This step won’t bring immediate acceptance, but it sets you on the path to finding it.

2. Willingness: Being Open to Let Go

Here’s the deal: you must be brutally honest with yourself. Identify where you’re resisting, avoiding necessary changes, trying to fix the unfixable, or stubbornly holding onto control. Facing your own willfulness is where the real transformation begins. Observe it, notice how it affects your life, reflect on the alternative outcomes with a willingness to tolerate the moment, and wonder about the roots of your stubbornness. This self-awareness is the key to unlocking your true potential and embracing a life where you’re fully present.

3. Radical Acceptance: Embrace Letting Go

The grand finale is ‘Radical Acceptance.’ After turning your mind towards acceptance and nurturing willingness, this is where you fully let go. It’s not about liking or approving of the situation; it’s about releasing all resentment and bitterness and fully accepting the moment. Confront the reality, acknowledge that it happened, and focus on the ‘what now.’ What can you do to move forward and improve your life by accepting this situation? Feel the emotions it stirs, reach out to others for perspective, and if resistance lingers, make a ‘pros of acceptance’ list and put it on your bathroom mirror.

Radical acceptance is not agreement; it’s saying, ‘I might not like this, I might not agree, but I accept it.’ With practice, you’ll find yourself stuck less, living more freely, and experiencing a calmness like never before. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but the journey starts within. You’ve got this, and the calmest version of you is just around the corner.

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Ryann Nicole

Licensed Therapist, Certified Nutritionist, and Virtual Wellness Coach

Ryann is a licensed therapist and virtual wellness coach who has assisted individuals worldwide in establishing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

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