Hey you guys! I hope everyone had a wonderful week.
But just so you know, this post is more so for those who didn’t have such a wonderful week. I’m talking about the strugglers; the bad-day-ers, the self-sabotagers.
Sometimes when we’re hurting we want to escape, and we all have different vices. Some drink, some get high, some overeat, and some self-harm. But when you get down to it, these are all just the strategies we habitually run to when we want a way out of feeling the way that we do.
It takes a while to realize that these activities actually don’t make us feel better; they bury our pain. And it’s temporary. It will rise to the surface again, and the cycle will repeat itself until we learn to actually deal with our feelings in a healthy and constructive way.
Today, I’m making a list of all the things you can do besides engaging in any unhealthy coping activities. I suggest trying at least 5 – 10 in any given situation, because hey sometimes one just isn’t quite enough.
- Call a friend
- Get outside
- Hug an animal
- Watch funny videos on Youtube
- Organize your closet
- Cocoon yourself in a blanket
- Tell someone you love them
- Light some candles
- Watch a cartoon
- Deep breaths in and out
- Go for a workout
- SING AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS
- Take a nap
- Look in the mirror and say ” I love you “
- Look up travel pictures
- Draw/ Color a picture
- Find support for what you’re going through (counselor/friend/support group)
- Take a bath
- Dance (whether someone is watching or not)
I know these seem like simple things, and that’s because they are. Who wants complicated in the heat of a difficult moment? I hope you’ll consider some of these options the next time you’re in a bind!
Keep your head up, strong babes!
“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it”