Coping Skill: Find Safety

We can’t always harness the power of the pause in the moment; that can be tough as we’re learning what to do, right? So, working on our coping skills before we actually need them is a good idea. Just like knowing our warning signs is a helpful pre-stress awareness, knowing what makes us feel safeContinue reading “Coping Skill: Find Safety”

Coping Skill: Know Your Warning Signs

Continuing with the development of new coping skills, I want to offer you the idea of getting to know your warning signs. Warning signs are the ways you start to act or feel before you feel the big thing that sets off a cycle you’re trying to break, or makes you behave in a wayContinue reading “Coping Skill: Know Your Warning Signs”

Coping Skill: Name It to Tame It

So how do we regulate if we don’t already know how? If we take a pause between an issue and the feeling that occurs in response, then another pause between that feeling and an action, we can slow down enough to choose what to do about it. The pause means that we can check intoContinue reading “Coping Skill: Name It to Tame It”

Coping Skills and Self-Regulation

People talk a lot about how to cope with things that are challenging, or stressful, or any number of uncomfortable emotions. But what does “coping” actually mean to you? To me, it means a combination of two things:  Being able to tolerate the feelings that arise from a challenge. Having tools to manage the issueContinue reading “Coping Skills and Self-Regulation”