How Brene Brown's "FFT" Can Help With Eczema & TSW
The other day, I was skimming through something educational to listen to when I saw that Brene Brown had her very own podcast called, “Unlocking Us.” Now, if you don’t know Brene Brown, she is the BOMB!!! I mean this woman’s background, research, books, TED talks, and personality overall are inspiring, uplifting, and life-changing.
Anyways, I was listening and learning about a concept she calls “FFT”. (Now prep yourself for what it means as it requires mature audiences only). DRUM ROLL PLEASE… FFT stands for F*cking First Times (or for non-mature audiences, you can use “Terrible First Times”).
What is FFT?
FFT’s purpose is to bring us into awareness when our emotions are screaming uncertainty, confusion, frustration, and lack of understanding. This awareness gives us an opportunity to practice presence, compassion, and perspective on what is happening at the moment.
Applying FFT to eczema and TSW
Here are a few scenarios where you would apply FFT to what you’re going through with eczema/TSW:
- You’re frustrated because your eczema is flaring up again out of nowhere. Maybe you ate an apple and got contact dermatitis or maybe you just simply stepped outside and now all of a sudden you’re itchy. FFT!
- You’re going through TSW and can’t see the end of your suffering. You are feeling hopeless, discouraged, and wondering if you’ll ever really heal. FFT!
- You tried a new treatment and were disappointed by the results. In frustration, you think to yourself, “now what?” FFT!
- You feel unsupported by your partner, family, or co-workers. You feel as though they don’t understand your situation and what you're going through. FFT!
Have you been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis?