The Coping Kete

No. 13 – Building a Room for Possibility

This week, to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellness…

I will practice focusing my thoughts on the inevitability of change to help shift bad moods.  To start with, I will practice this strategy for minor mood changes. When I notice a slight shift in mood or a bit of stress, I will take a breath and say things to myself like, “everything changes and so will this,” or “this too shall pass.”

I will leave space in my thoughts for the possibility of things being different. I will remind myself that nothing stays the same forever.  In this way, I will make sure that my thoughts are not promoting a hopeless way of looking at my situation or experiences.

I will then turn my attention to something else altogether in order to shift the moment. Sometimes it is a sense that we will feel this way or be dealing with the same problems forever that makes things so unbearable or overwhelming.

Once I am comfortable thinking this way to get through the smaller moments, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as a self-soothing strategy for moments of heightened distress, when perspective might be lost. I will be able to remind myself of all the smaller instances in which I told myself it would pass, and it did.

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