Coping strategies – ideas to get you started
Be prepared – the Lemon Book and the Stress Box
It really helps to be prepared for stressful times. The Lemon Book (think “when life deals you lemons …”) is one family’s scrapbook about things that make them feel better. You might like to make one for yourself. The Stress Box is a collection of goodies that make you feel better or give you a laugh – like massage lotion, aromatherapy, favourite books and farty jelly … What would you put in your own Stress Box?
Sometimes you just have to talk to someone else – blurt your thoughts, have a cuppa and, most importantly, have a good laugh. There is nothing quite like spending time with someone who knows what you are going through.
Soothe your mind, body and soul
Finding a way to calm your mind for a moment is a wonderful skill to learn. Even 15 minutes of inner peace can help you get through the day.
Having something special that you enjoy doing is important – and you might be surprised where a new hobby can take you.
Move your body
Whether you are an exercise junkie or not, moving your body can be an amazing relief and make you feel so much better. If nothing else, don’t forget that little four legged companions will love you forever if you take them for a walk …
Bring out your inner child
Whether or not you have kids, these are great fun. Remember the olden days when people used to sit around playing cards together or laughing over a daggy board game – rather than playing them alone on an ipad?
Change the way you do things
Sometimes there is nothing else to do but to try a new approach. That takes confidence, support and a positive attitude where we focus on strengths and problem solving rather than looking backwards.