Effective coping mechanisms to give you strength
In light of recent events, including the hurricanes that have devastated our nation, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on overcoming trauma. You might have a specific way to handle the problems that life throws at you. Those methods could be good. They are probably different than mine.
Over the course of my life, I’ve learned three basic coping strategies that work really well for me, and I want to share them with you today:
Resilience comes in different packages. Take a moment to gather yourself. Strength in silence when confronting an issue can be quite helpful. If you can reign in your emotions, you’ll be able to confront the issue directly and with a clear head.
I call this one emotional archaeology. We need to learn from the past and the present before we can improve our future and the way we handle challenges. When you’re more familiar with how you operate during stressful situations now, you will only learn to handle them better in the future. Thinking through your actions and emotions, and what motivates you, can help you get to the bottom of any issue.
As hard as it can be, rising above an issue can be the healthiest way to get past it. Choosing to leave the issue behind you relinquishes its hold on you. And that ultimately leads to more effective healing.
These are only a few of my own coping mechanisms, and I hope you can find strength to get through this challenging time.