Coping made easy

A Guide for Coping


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Coping with Anger

We all deal with anger and it creates stress. Learning how to cope with it is essential. Sometimes our anger results from an accumulation of stressors that build up to the point that we feel we can’t handle them any longer and sometimes it is set off by a specific event that we can’t believe happened. Either way, the anger can be dangerous – to us and others – and needs to be dealt with. Here is a video of one person’s journey coping with anger:

What are some ways you can cope with anger? Try experimenting with ways to cope before you get really angry, such as when frustrated or annoyed. It is easier to cope before you get angry and are overwhelmed. If you get good at coping when you are moving towards anger, it helps in two ways. 1) You avoid getting angry and 2) If you do get angry, you are better at coping and continuing to cope avoids the worst effects of the anger.

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Loving Acts

When stressed or vulnerable, there are loving acts we can do to protect ourselves. Imagining that we put a shield around ourselves as we shower in the morning is one example of this. Think of the shield as both protective and open so positive energy can come in but negative is filtered. Make it a loving shield that has our best interests at heart. There is no magic when we do this, we are simply setting an intention we carry with us throughout the day. As we set the intention repetitively, it becomes a habit and the protection is strengthened.

At night we can set out intention in a different way, letting go of negative energy collected from the day as we undress, drive home, shower, or wash dishes. Negativity is tossed in the dirty clothes bin, by the side of the road as we drive, or down the drain as we shower or rinse the dishes. This gives us a clean slate each day and allows us to let go of anything we do not need or want.

Both intentions are loving acts. Here is a guided imagery that also involves a loving act. Try it to reduce your stress and increase coping: