Monday, September 12, 2016

Coping


Coping can take many forms. We 'cope' when we are overwhelmed or overcommitted. When we are coping we are compelled to get away from our situation or our feelings by disassociating, We can take the same actions with the intention to be closer to ourselves rather than running away. It just depends on our frame of mind. 

How close do you feel to yourself? How can you feel closer?

As a lifestyle, coping will inevitably lead to illness. We cope when we're stressed, when we're trying to do too much. Often our coping mechanisms come from childhood or times we were in situations we felt we had no choice and had to survive. As adults, we always have choices. Today, we can choose to make decisions that will positively affect our situation, making sustainable, small goals, choosing simple boundaries or asking for support from others are some ways we can shift from overwhelm to manageability.

If we have been coping for a long time, it may be helpful to seek counseling to get the time and space to formulate a plan for a sustainable life-shift. We may not be able to see the forest for the trees all on our own. 


Asking for help from sources that are able to provide it and being prepared to receive "no" as an answer are good ways to begin lightening your load. Turning over your situation to a divine power can help ease your load, learning who a supportive divine power is for you might be a good place to start. 

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