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Healthy Coping Mechanisms When Life Gets Tough

Thursday, January 16, 2020



No matter where you are in life, there are things that will test you and things that will force you to reevaluate things. Drugs, alcohol, self-harm, food restrictions, and more can be a result of searching for coping mechanisms.

Some are in order not to feel; others are to gain some control over something. No matter where you are in life, it is always the perfect time to create healthy coping mechanisms for when life feels like it is a little bit too much.
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Write

One way that people have been dealing with ‘life’ for years is writing. And when once it was mostly in locked diaries, now you can blog it out online too. Anger, frustration, and upset can be written down. The writing process can be very cathartic and help you process your feelings further.
Breathe

When something happens, and our stress levels start to rise, we often hold our breath or go the other way and start hyperventilating. Try to focus on your breathing. It can often be helpful to have an app on your phone that has a moving image to focus on for around ten minutes. Taking slow deep breaths can give you time to think. 

Support

Depending on the coping mechanisms that you have had in place until this point, you might need to seek extra support. The best outpatient drug rehab, support groups, and help from a medical team can help you to get rid of habits that are harmful to you. It is often worthwhile to find a counselor or a buddy that you can talk to, and they can help keep you on the straight and narrow when you really need it the most. Be open with friends and family that you can trust too.
 
Hobbies

Having something that you can get stuck into when things get a bit much can be really beneficial. It occupies your mind and your hands, too, depending on the type of hobby that you choose. Creative outlets like painting, drawing, woodwork, and even musical instruments are ideal options.
 
Projects

Keeping yourself occupied and productive brings a sense of purpose and satisfaction in your life. It could be as simple as a bedroom makeover, or it can be something more significant like breaking down and rebuilding a car. Taking on projects often means mapping out time and creating a schedule. Having something to look forward to can make difficult times more comfortable to get through.
 
Clean

Have you ever looked around after you have finished cleaning and felt a sense of accomplishment and contentment? Well, when you start to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or upset - grab the vacuum and a cloth.

You don’t have to go all out, but focusing on more simple tasks can help your brain switch off for a while.

Implementing a range of healthier coping mechanisms can be really beneficial for getting through things. And instead of causing damage to yourself, or those around you, you can create something or be more productive. And, break the cycle.



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