DID YOU KNOW?
Coping strategies are techniques that can help you in stressful situations. Many coping strategies work by distracting you, helping you connect with your body, or allowing you to take a break from unpleasant emotions. Coping techniques are not a replacement for professional help, and if unpleasant emotions or unkind thoughts persist, it is important to reach out to someone to talk about them.
FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE TECHNIQUES
Reframe your thoughts by asking yourself if they are true and helpful. Check your facts!
If you notice negative self-talk or “Stinkin Thinkin”, think about treating yourself the same way you would treat someone you care about. Would you say negative or discouraging things to a friend? Probably not.
Think about how you can be a friend to yourself through self-compassion, validation, and encouraging thoughts and words.
Write it Down
Take time to write down your thoughts and feelings during difficult situations. This can help you become aware of your emotions and the events that trigger them and can ease your mind in the moment.
It is helpful to write some of your emotions on paper to manage them better, which quiets down the emotional part of the brain. Doing this allows you to think from a higher, more creative part of the brain!
Relax the Body
In stressful situations, your muscles tense up and may even cause you physical pain. Stressful thoughts and emotions can also cause stomachaches or headaches.
Find activities that refocus the emotional energy & ultimately relax you, like exercising, listening to music, or finding a quiet spot to reduce stress, with NATURE being my top choice.
When you have emotions, especially challenging or confusing ones, name them. Ask yourself how you’re feeling, and see what you notice.
Naming emotions (either out loud or in your head) like anger, sadness, or anxiety can reduce their strength and help you manage them. Naming what you’re feeling is an essential part of self-compassion.
Practicing Mindfulness encourages you to “just notice” your feelings, thoughts, and sensations. You can practice breathing mindfully as part of your morning or evening routines and during challenging situations. Breathing at a calm pace can lower your heart rate, which helps when you’re feeling anxious.
Or breathing by imagining yourself taking a big, deep sniff of flowers, holding it for a second, then blowing out like you’re trying to blow out birthday candles. i.e. (exhale longer than you inhale)
It also can ground you as you think of your feet being 100% present in the now where you are. Safe and sound!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, PRAYER
Simply put, we are limited, God is not. Speak to Him on the regular & trust in Him like you trust your bed to carry your full weight. BECAUSE HE CAN & HE WILL!!
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Psalms 46:1 NIV