21-08-2019 02:15 PM
I’m after some more suggestions.
I have a small coping box which includes - walking, using the forum, out in the garden, listening to music.
I don’t have much motivation.
What do you do when you are not coping? What do you do when you’re overwhelmed and need something to move that feeling.
Sometimes I don’t even think of using a coping tool because my feelings are just too much.
21-08-2019 02:27 PM
Hi @BlueBay ,
They are all good things to have in your toolbox. There is a thread about this which you might find useful. I've tried to put the link in below. Fingers crossed it works for you.
Mine is pretty similar to yours. I have colouring in books, hand cream, spa and sauna and a few other bits and pieces.
21-08-2019 02:53 PM
Your welcome @BlueBay , I think its really beneficial to consider and think about this stuff and be as prepared as you can be. There are lots of great ideas and suggestions in the thread.
I wrote a little bit about building resillience that I can try and find for you if you like.
I've done a course at work on it and also some stuff from lynda.com more recently.
21-08-2019 04:02 PM
you might get some more ideas from this thread Got a coping strategy that you find good? Share it here
for me i find findawords, drawing/painting, crochet, my worry box, funny tv shows, or showers helpful.
some people like bubbles, doing their hair or nails, hand or foot massages with a nice smelling moisuriser, or stress balls quite helpful.
22-08-2019 08:26 AM
For me at the moment water tai chi in a heated pool twice most weeks is the number one thing that's working. It takes away all thoughts other than doing it and really puts me in a zen zone afterwards.
I also lie down, close my eyes and focus on my breathing, slowing it down and making it deeper. Often I manage to zone out for 10 minutes or so if I do it for a while. I try to do this most days mid afternoon.
I recently had a panic attack and you're right BlueBay it's hard to remember what works in that moment, but I am finding I do my breathing sooner and calm down sooner after many years of knowing the theory.
Other things I do that make me feel better are cooking to share, helping others (like on the forums), gardening, listening to music, crochet or other craft activity, reading, going to the beach for a walk or just to sit in the elements, learning to play bridge, and writing.
22-08-2019 08:51 AM
@BlueBay Great thread. My dog is a huge toolbox help. A shower has to come high on my list, crafts when I can, and nature, I love listening to birds, water when I can get near a river.
23-08-2019 12:02 AM
I don't have a coping box or anything like it - I have the things most people have like colouring books and music - and I play the piano which is great
This week I have had an abundance of stress and although having to work out the stress often with my headaching and my stomach churning was repetitive and rather boring - it did work and was worth the effort
The migraine stayed but the stress eased
So I sit in a chair and write what's bothering me all over a sheet of paper then then shut my eyes and massage my arms and shoulders and legs without moving too much and ease it out and tease it out - it takes time esp when the stress is due to uncertainty and most people know this - I'm not solving anything while I rock gently
But after I saw my doctor and had something for the migraine I found the stress had dropped a lot. I think stress manifests itself in different ways for different people - we all have to deal with it at some times in our lives
I learned this in the past - a long time ago - I don't think anything I was taught or read about - rather it is a combination of things I have found helpful -
I hope you find something that works for you
And people have made brillliant suggestions here - worth book-marking this thread
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