COPING

i appear to have taken a somewhat unplanned hiatus  from writing.

the only thing i  can do in this situation is apologise and justify myself with an exclamatory “look here! Life is a bit shit! 2016 has been a bit miserable!”

despite my general state of misery, I have recently come to the relevatory conclusion that, bizarrely,  despising everything and being a raging mess of emotion sort of conflicts with your happiness.

Maybe you have also come to the realisation that you would rather not feel like the emotional equivalent of roadkill – the question is, how?

My recommendation is simple. Sleep a lot, spend a lot of time with your loved ones, make time to do the things you love and maybe practise some  CBT.

  The first 2  elements of that by-no-means-extensive checlist are relatively straight forward, but Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a little more complicated.

In essence, CBT is a type of “talking” therapy that essentially aims to help the user cope with problems in their life by altering the way they think or certain self destructive  behaviours.

 CBT is particularly useful in rationalising and understanding emotional crises, particularly if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or lost in your own feelings- the strategy laid out below is probably my personal favourite.

(please complete by inserting the emotions you’re feeling and the situations they apply to into this thought process. It’s also helpful to discuss your findings with an understanding person (e.g. your usual emotional rock)- they can most probably provide a beneficial and different perspective.)

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Any kind of rational discussion of emotional/mental health is, maybe unsurprisingly,  beneficial for your emotional/mental health- but the strategies employed within CBT are helpful regardless of whether there is discussion attached or not. Please feel free to try this exercise out on your own!

(if you would like to learn a little more about CBT please click here, or to find some more exercises like this one.)

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One thought on “COPING

  1. This is a really interesting piece Meg, very similar to what we were discussing in the lesson the other week… watch some TED talks on the topic and see what you think as well. Maybe you could write a TED talk yourself on dealing with emotional onslaughts and staying ‘creative’…

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