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Working On Us – Coping Skills

Beckie over at Beckie’s Mental Mess is continuing with her weekly “working on us” mental health prompt series.  If you’re interested in participating, check out her post for the details.

This week’s questions:

Here are a few coping statements, do you agree or disagree?  Even if your answer is yes or no, please explain:

  1. This situation of sitting on a fully packed train either makes you feel uncomfortable or unpleasant, but I can accept it?
  2. Can I ride out the wave of anxiety, or do I feel like I need professional help now?
  3. Do you practice coping skills? If so, what works best for you?

My answers:

  1. This situation of sitting on a fully packed train either makes you feel uncomfortable or unpleasant, but I can accept it?  I don’t feel anxious in that kind of situation, but my depression sometimes means I’m easily overstimulated.  If I have to do it, I do it, but usually I’ll try to avoid situations like that when I’m not feeling well.
  2. Can I ride out the wave of anxiety, or do I feel like I need professional help now?  I sometimes experience anxiety when I’m depressed, and usually it manifests physically rather than mentally.  I recognize it for what it is, and just sit with it.
  3. Do you practice coping skills? If so, what works best for you?  I think we all use a variety of different coping skills, some more effective than others.  Writing is one that works particularly well for me.

This week’s photo prompt:

rainbow viewed through a rainy window

What stands out to me about this photo is the juxtaposition of a bright rainbow and dreary rain.  I think it’s a good reminder that any given moment isn’t usually only positive or only negative; the two can co-exist as long as we’re willing to see them both at the same time.

COVID-19/coping toolkit from Mental Health @ Home

The COVID-19/Mental Health Coping Toolkit page has a wide range of different resources that can help make coping a little easier.

22 thoughts on “Working On Us – Coping Skills”

  1. 1.This situation of sitting on a fully packed train either makes you feel uncomfortable or unpleasant, but I can accept it? It makes me uncomfortable, as if there is no escape if I need it. I will white knuckle if need be…but usually avoid.
    2.Can I ride out the wave of anxiety, or do I feel like I need professional help now? I ride out anxiety and depression every day..but I am on guard. I think that I need professional help…as my coping skills are not working. I see a therapist twice a week and there are things I should be doing and saying to myself..but it’s so hard. I don’t run to the ER..as I am afraid of doctors and hospitals…but I do feel like I am a lost cause when I keep experiencing the same thing day after day.
    3.Do you practice coping skills? If so, what works best for you? I try to tell myself to come back to he here and now. I try to tell myself that this is the anxiety talking…and that I have had good days and they will come back again. I try to be kind to myself (but not always). I get very frustrated.

      1. I wish I could say how I really feel. I am really having a rough time. But the other day, my exboyfriend got into my blog..and I don’t want him or his current girlfriend to know my struggles. I feel that they will look at me badly. And I don’t want to talk about him. I don’t know. I can send you the opening to my blog (that has inspirations).

        1. I can certainly understand that, trust me I do. Please send me a post in which you would like to share. 💚 Anxiety and depression is all too familiar to us that go through it, but we’re not alone.
          That’s why I started this series… for everyone to have an open forum and discuss how we are all managing.

              1. Thank you for reblogging this. I have two more followers. I also just put in a message on my blog as well (as I would’ve on my other blog, but I took that down).

                1. I used to not posts certai things because of my sister. Let’s just say, she’s not happy unless she is pissed off at someone.
                  One day, my mother pleaded with me not to write about something. I had finally snapped, because I never wrote much about my family in the fist place.
                  I had written an entry like no other lashing out at her and telling her to get over herself.
                  Needless to say, I felt much better once I released worrying about someone who didn’t give a samn about me either way.

  2. Thank you again, Ashley, for participating in the “Working on Us” series. It’s funny, but I thought the same exact thing in regards to the photo prompt.
    As you know, I avoid (OR) try to avoid all contact with crowds. If I’m in that situation, I tend to be on high alert, very uncomfortable.
    Great answers!
    Again, Thank you, so very much for participating! 💚

  3. Awesome words Ashley! Writing usually helps me too! And rain and a rainbow are total opposites, reminds me that things arent always as bad as they seem! <3 xox

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