One of the things that has helped in my search for ways to cope with stressful situations is a coping bank. I did a bank years ago but I seem to have lost it in the move.
I first came across the concept of a coping bank on SomethingFishy.org.
Here's the concept: Basically, put all of your suggestions on little pieces of paper (I print mine out on Avery business cards because I'm a total freak) and put them in a jar or a little purse. I keep them in a little pocket in my purse so that they're always available. When feeling overwhelmed, reach for a card.
If that card is inappropriate or doesn't sound like it will work for you right now, reach for another one (for instance, not all of them are things I can do in my car on the way home from work instead of driving through a McD's.) or perhaps I don't have sidewalk chalk on me at work...
Whatever you pick, even if it can delay the maladaptive behavior for 5 to 15 minutes, or get me out of a really flooded and unhealthy head-space, it is worth it.
There are quite a few good suggestions on the Something Fishy site, which, if you've never been to, I recommend HIGHLY! but honestly, the best suggestions I've ever received are from friends - so - here's my list.
I hope y'all will add to it and please, please feel free to take from it.
- make a blanket fort (my favorite!) (flashlight, good book, blanket = fort!)
- read A Light In the Attic (shel silverstein)
- drive to the beach
- crochet a hat
- get on the elliptical
- write in my journal
- listen to "angry chick music"
- listen to "get up and dance music"
- walk to the park (about 4 blocks from my house)
- wash my car
- take a nap
- listen to chanting
- practice yoga
- call a friend
- clean out my craft closet
- draw with sidewalk chalk
- paint a picture
- make a collage
- make a gift for someone
- put stuff up on ebay
- water the lawn
- pull weeds
- fill my pill tray
- learn Yiddish (just bought a Yiddish learning series on iTunes)
- go to Borders and read magazines for free
- roll coins
- play solitaire
- go see my niece
- go through my inspiration folder
- play in my fabric stash
- make a totebag
- dig up the side yard
- post on my blog
- get Michael to take me for a ride on the bike
- get a pedicure
- do a crossword puzzle
- go to a yard sale
- find a craft project
- sign up for a class
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