Life is often busy, demanding, and full of challenges that can cause us to lose sight of what really matters. The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Diary 2023 is designed to help individuals focus on the things that are most important to them. It puts values centre-stage, where they can best guide actions and decisions, and is especially helpful for those engaged in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). However, the principles are relevant to anyone seeking to build psychological flexibility – the ability to connect fully with experiences, including difficult thoughts and feelings, and pursue an authentic life. Weekly short, accessible pieces discuss aspects of psychological flexibility, present helpful metaphors, and suggest exercises to identify core values, clarify issues, and record goals. Alongside these, reflection spaces offer regular opportunities to record thoughts, identify barriers and track progress.
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
Publication Date: November 2022
Table of Contents
What Do You Want? ⚫ An Introduction to Values ⚫ Valued Domains ⚫ Smart Goals ⚫ Values List ⚫ Exploring Domains ⚫ Managing Thoughts and Feelings ⚫ What Is Willingness? ⚫ Metaphor: The Unwelcome Guest ⚫ What Is Defusion? ⚫ Exercise: Having the Thought ⚫ What is Contacting the Present Moment? ⚫ Exercise: Breathing ⚫ What is Self-as-Context? ⚫ Metaphor: The Sky and the Weather ⚫ What is the Hexaflex? ⚫ Exercise: Writing a Eulogy ⚫ Introducing Self-Compassion ⚫ Exercise: Helping a Child ⚫ Personal Values Statement ⚫ Introducing Experiential Avoidance ⚫ Exercise: The White Bear ⚫ Experiential Avoidance: A Crucial Side Effect ⚫ Metaphor: A Ball in the Water ⚫ Giving You the Reins ⚫ Metaphor: Quicksand ⚫ Metaphor: Tug of War with a Monster ⚫ Exercise: Leaves on a Stream ⚫ Metaphor: Hands as Thoughts ⚫ Exercise: Body Scan ⚫ Exercise: Walking ⚫ Exercise: Fusion with Evaluations ⚫ Exercise: Taking Off Your Armour ⚫ Exercise: Heroes ⚫ Exercise: Waiting for the Wrong Train ⚫ Bringing It All Together: Passengers on the Bus ⚫ Ending the Year