The stress of the holiday season is long behind us, yet the stressors of life seem more prominent than ever. A lot of us went back to school or work, or even just regular family life, and the magic of twinkling lights and wrapped presents disappeared. It’s quickly become mundane again, even tedious. Sometimes this time of year can be even more depressing than the holidays because we no longer have parties to attend, shopping to do, or family to see. We end up mired in the day-to-day pressures, not to mention the curve balls that get thrown to us. How we handle those pressures can determine if we are setting ourselves up for a healthy year, or a year filled with strife.
Coping skills are important to learn at a young age and adjust as we get older. A young child, for example, might curl up in his mother’s lap when worried or scared while an older child may want to talk to their father. By the time you are an adult, you should have a list of healthy go-to ways to cope with whatever life throws at you. There will be times when one thing on the list works better than the others, or even when you need to try a different coping mechanism because the first one didn’t quite relieve enough of the tension.
Here is a handy list of excellent — and healthy! — coping strategies.
Whatever you do, have someone you can call. There will be times that things feel so dark and hopeless, that having a different perspective of a loved one will make all the difference in the world. If you don’t have someone, save a helpline in your contact list. Never be afraid to reach out for help.
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