If you have ever experienced mental illness, I’m sure you know very well how it feels when you have an emotional breakdown. Depression, anxiety, rage – no matter what it is, these emotions can be triggered at a moment’s notice. We get overwhelmed and these feelings take over our body and soul which can lead to destructive or impulsive behavior. It SUCKS.
What has helped me overcome such breakdowns is having coping techniques ready to go so I can avoid destructive behavior and feel BETTER.
My toolkit has been my saving grace, so I thought I would share my coping strategy toolkit.
The following items/strategies in my toolkit are things I have at the ready so when emotions take over I can find quick healthy relief. I do these things in order:
- JournalI have a journal in my toolkit so I can write down every thought and feeling I’m having. Getting it down on paper really helps to calm me down.
- Read Gratitude ListI read my already completed gratitude list. I also add to it in that moment if I want to.
- One Comfort Food Snack
(Mine is chocolate). Only put in one snack because binge eating is a destructive behavior. Everything in moderation.
- Read Serenity Prayer
This is a must have in my cope kit. You don’t even have to be religious for it to ring true in your life.
Here is the Serenity Prayer:
Grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
- Read/make a goals/dreams/bucket list.
This makes me excited about my life and reminds me that good things are coming. Remember, problems aren’t stop signs they are guidelines.
- Watch a funny video.I always watch the Chewbacca Mom video. It makes me laugh!
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3yRv5Jg5TI
I used an aromatherapy diffuser to relax. I recommend lavender or mint scents!
- Favorite music playlist
I have my playlist ready to go when tough times hit.
Just like Sheldon Cooper, I too like a hot beverage when I am in distress. Try it!
- Go for a walk/drive
Going for a walk or drive to clear my head always makes me feel better. I usually have sneakers available so I can put them on and go right away.
I hope you will find these coping strategies helpful! If anyone has any other coping strategies please feel free to comment!