In last week's blog we reviewed some definitions reasons why we cannot always cope in a positive way. Additionally I also provided you with a way to challenge your thoughts to help turn around negative thinking. Today we will focus on three other exercises to help you to cope when feeling challenged.
The benefit of gratitude is that it cultivates a sense of openness, appreciation, and kindness. Clients will also choose to journal their thoughts of gratitude in the morning or at the end of a busy day. Others have used this practice in the midst of a very challenging moment as a means to ground them. I would encourage you to find the BEST time for you. What may work for your friend, may work differently for you. Examples of basic daily gratitude are:
Roof over your head
Food to eat
Your five senses
Bed to sleep in
Take the Stress Pause:
Pausing can do wonders for our mental health - especially in moments of high stress. Try this acronym to help you take a stress pause.
S - Stand: Slow the pace by standing in place and taking two or three nice deep belly breaths
T – Tune-In: Scan your body identifying the points of tension. Breathe that tension out
O – Observe: Focus on your surroundings. Take note of at least 3 unique or pleasant things.
P – Possibility: You have just gone off of auto pilot and are now free to pick a different direction.
Visualize The Calm:
Draw from your own history: Is there something or someone from your past that has helped you to find peace or calm? Draw on that memory.
For 3 minutes visualize one or more of the following:
Favorite wise person
All of my troubles wash away in the water *Unknown
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N.B. This is part 2 of a multi part series to help you learn varies strategies to cope better with challenges as they arise. Please come back to visit!