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Distress Tolerance Handout #5: Basic Principles of Accepting Reality worksheet

Amanda Knowles
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On this page, we will provide you with a Distress tolerance handout #5: Basic principles of accepting reality worksheet, which will help you to accept and face the reality.

What is a Distress tolerance handout #5: Basic principles of accepting reality worksheet?

During times of distress, we feel overburdened and overwhelmed; we don’t want to face reality and feel like shutting ourselves from the world. This is a very common avoidance tactic, where we try to shut ourselves from the world and try not to deal with the real situation. But, you can’t keep avoiding the problem and run away from the situation all the time. This worksheet is about learning to accept reality and face the situation face to face. Acceptance is a long, slow journey but once achieved, it does wonder. 

How will Distress tolerance handout #5: Basic principles of accepting reality worksheet help?

This worksheet will help you tolerate distress, which is bothering you in the present situation; it will make you aware of the reality iou live in. Acceptance is about accepting the truth and facing reality as it is. You learn to accept your fact; you understand that you have no control over certain things and situations in your life than just to get them. You learn to live with all the flaws and issues that you can’t control. It is about coming to terms with your reality and self.

Instructions on how to use Distress tolerance handout #5: Basic principles of accepting reality worksheet.

Take out this worksheet when you feel distressed and feel everything around you is unreal. Write down what is in your surroundings right now, what do you feel is your position, and what are some good and bad things about the reality you are living.

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Mental help Resources

The worksheets on this site should not be used in place of professional advice from a mental health professional. 

You should always seek help from a mental health professional or medical professional. We are not providing any advice or recommendations here.

There are various resources where you can seek help.

You could use Online-Therapy if you feel you need counselling.

If you live in the UK then this list of resources from the NHS may help you find help.

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Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowled is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.