Tag Archives: anxiety

Coping Skill 5/100: Gardening (outdoor OR indoor)

One of the most tranquil and rewarding coping skills I have come across is gardening. What is more relaxing and pleasing to the mind and spirit than planting. Whether you’re planting new seeds inside or sustaining established plants and taking care … Continue reading

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Coping Skill 2/100: Music

Simple: Get your favorite music. Queue it up on your favored device, computer/laptop, smartphone, MP3 player, tablet or if you’re into the classic modes of music listening, fire up the old record player, Stereo system, CD player, etc. Music, as … Continue reading

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Coping skill 1/100: Do nothing

Yes, that’s right, do nothing other than sit or lay in a quiet space. While you’re sitting or laying sedentarily, you may find yourself settling your mind, your emotions. This is potentially a good space to practice mindfulness and observe sensations … Continue reading

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Mindfulness in stress reduction

A good way of determining if you are engaging in healthy coping behavior (AKA coping skills or coping strategies) or if an unwanted defense mechanism, is regular introspective practice called mindfulness. Practice looking at yourself on a regular basis and being mindful … Continue reading

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Fears

Fear and anxiety go hand in hand. Often your anxiety is ignited by specific fears. Many of us know our fears. Some may not know them precisely, and this can produce an all around, formless anxiety. If you don’t know … Continue reading

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Thought Stopping

What if you could change mood, as simply as changing clothes. Perhaps you could stop anxiety before it comes knocking at your door. Thought stopping is a way to stop distressing feelings from overwhelming you quickly and easily. If you … Continue reading

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Cognitive Behavioral techniques/ Cognitive Exercises

Cognitive Behavioral techniques can be very helpful in treating anxiety and depression without medication (or in conjunction to meds). Cognitive exercises can help you get past episodes of panic, fear, depressed mood, obsessive thoughts, etc. These are practical, simple exercises … Continue reading

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Elusive Happiness

Happiness does not always have to elude us. It seems like a simple question. Can I, could I, will I be happy? With the right components in place, you can definitely rediscover happiness…or at least contentment (close first cousin of happiness). Contentment … Continue reading

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