“Relax no matter what’s going on around you.”
— Dianne Allen (08:52-08:53)
People think learning coping skills is hard. How do you manage the stress of life? You already have the ability to do it. It might’ve been a tough day, but it’s not the end of the world. In this week’s episode, Dianne Allen talks about having fun using our coping skills.
Part One of ‘Having Fun Using Our Coping Skills’
You probably had difficulties in life that taught you productive skills to cope with changes, transitions, and stress. It doesn’t always have to be big things. We tend to overlook the small things without realizing they can also create an incredible impact on our life. It’s little things like connecting with nature that could help. Decompress your system, consume your favorite herbal tea, or remind yourself that everything’s going to be alright.
“Coping skills can prevent you from going to highly stressful places.” – Dianne Allen (04:40-04:50)
One effective coping skill is allowing someone else to help. Allow other people to be of service to you, and help you step out of a stressful situation. Does this remind you of a specific time you were helped by someone? Had you not allowed that person to help you, you would have kept pushing without letting anyone in. It could have been a much longer day. During stressful moments, consider exercising, walking, and breathing to help decompress the day. Allow what happened to float away. You’re in charge of your life.
Part Two of ‘Having Fun Using Our Coping Skills’
Another coping skill is to connect with other people. It could be calling a friend and initiating a conversation. Feel free to share anything that excites you or makes you feel good. We need to breathe from our diaphragm and refocus our thinking. Wherever we place our energy is where we get more of it.
What are you thinking about right now? What are your primary thoughts? Are they hopeful and excited? Are they beautiful, compassionate, and kind? Are you nice to yourself? What are you doing? When you feel stressed, feel the full range of your feelings, but it doesn’t mean you have to be stuck there. It doesn’t mean you have to stay in a negative place. What matters is that you dedicate and have protected time specifically for your rejuvenation, whatever that is.
“Everything around us is a reminder of the beauty and the sacredness of our lives.” – Dianne Allen (11:56-11:59)
Another coping skill that you might be interested in is facial aerobics. Move your face in different ways. There’s a lot of muscles in your face connected to the rest of your body. If you walk around with a stressed look all the time, you’re never going to be able to experience the greatness of a full range of emotions. Move your face all around. See how many weird faces you can make in a few minutes. Give yourself time to break up the tension. Thoughts that you have that’s not of love and kindness, it can leave. You can change your life by changing the way you think.
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