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Coping Strategies

Taking time for yourself is a green flag.

Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s a form of self-love, and it is essential for you to be emotionally and physically healthy. It is important to honor our needs and make time for activities that bring you joy.

Self-care is extremely important for anyone, but especially for people who have experienced abuse or other forms of trauma. A coping strategy is any technique or practice designed to reduce or manage the negative effects associated with stress. Finding ways to cope or practice self-care can be really simple from listening to music, downloading a mindfulness app, or journaling.

Listening to music can be a powerful coping skill for managing emotions. Explore different types of music and artists that connects with how you’re feeling. Whether it’s something upbeat to boost your mood or something with lyrics that lift you up during difficult times. Building a playlist filled with calming instrumentals can help promote relaxation and create a more peaceful environment.

It can be extremely helpful to download a mindfulness app on a computer, phone, or tablet as a way to manage stress and find your inner calm. There are various mindfulness apps available, so try out a few to find one that speaks to you the most. When deciding on an app, look for ones that offer guided meditation, breathing exercises, and other techniques for relaxation. Make mindfulness a part of your daily routine by setting aside a special time each day to practice it. 

Sometimes emotions are just too heavy to hold inside and it helps to write them down. Using journaling as a coping skill can be a powerful way to express yourself, gain clarity, and find peace. Let yourself write freely and use your journal as a space to explore and process your emotions. Journaling is a private and personal space for you to write about what’s on your mind, what’s bothering you, and more. It’s a great space to release your emotions without judgement.

Practicing self-care and finding a coping skill that works for you is important because it will help you navigate the rollercoaster of life. They help you find healthy ways to manage your emotions, give you the ability to bounce back from setbacks, and work wonders for your relationships. By managing your emotions and stress in healthy ways, you are able to communicate better, solve conflicts in a healthy way, and build strong connections based on trust and understanding. Coping skills also teach you to take care of yourself, so embrace them. They are a toolkit that will help you keep your cool when life gets wild.



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