REBLOG: A fairly new blogger to me, “We Did It” reminds me of certain coping skills that offer help in those who are in crisis mode when in a panic attack. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.
You practice a fire drill when there is no fire. The goal is to know what to do in case of a fire.
So it goes with mental health coping skills and crisis planning: practice when you are relatively calm so that you know what to do when you are panicked.
We are panicked.
We are trying our coping skills; namely:
1. meditation to narrow the mind’s focus to just one sound, just the breath, and to offer self-compassion via the metta phrases we have practiced (“May we be safe,” etc.).
2. stretching muscles to remind the brain it has a body. Attending to aches and pains is self-care and stretching gently can relieve accumulated tension and feel good.
3. Journaling to process complicated and difficult emotions: We try to be present with the pen. We are writing Now even if the subject matter is about the past or future.
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