Sunday, July 25, 2021


Let's replace our bad coping mechanisms (drinking, restricting, isolating) with positive coping mechanisms (connecting, reflecting, grounding)! Take your pick from these sensory, cognitive, active, connection and distraction sub-categories, and let me know: what is YOUR best coping strategy?

Sensory: grounding techniques, to become more in touch with your body's sensations. 
  • Music 
  • Walk in nature 
  • Sensory toys 
  • Soft blankets 
  • Body scan 
Active: 'active' activities can require mental and or physical exertion. They create a sense of purpose, and a bit of motivation is something we can all do with if we're feeling low. 
  • Boxing
  • Running
  • Yoga
  • Stretching/gentle movement
  • Learning a new language 
  • Watching a documentary 
Connection: Connection is one of the pillars to mental wellbeing, and it's an important one. Try:
  • Hugging
  • Cuddling a pet
  • Talking to a friend 
  • Meeting a friend for lunch 
  • Opening up in therapy 
Distraction: in moments of crisis, when you just need to deal and get back to your emotions at a later time...
  • Reading
  • TV
  • Audiobook
  • Youtube 

After these activities, ask yourself: does it make me feel good right now? Will it help keep my mood raised in the future? Then continue doing the things that work for YOU xx

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