The Coping Kete

No. 3 – Space to Make Considered Responses

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

I will practice giving myself the opportunity to respond consciously with awareness, rather than automatically, based on emotion.  Each day I will take 5 minutes out, to think about a time of minor stress during the day and write down in a notebook

  • what just happened
  • what it made me think of at the time
  • what I would like to do next
  • and what I will do next

Sometimes we get distressed because things seem overwhelming and out of our control.

If we take some time out of the situation and work through it, we are able to access a wider perspective of our environment, why it’s affecting us and what to do next.

Writing helps to focus the mind on the task at hand & flick us over into a more methodical frame of mind.

Once I have gotten comfortable with thinking about my experiences in this way, I will add ‘Write Myself Through a Considered Response’ to my Personal Coping Kete for use in times of stress and distress.

2 Thoughts on “No. 3 – Space to Make Considered Responses

  1. engageblog on July 15, 2010 at 00:57 said:

    We put this under ‘Engagement’ as well as Expression & Support because this kind of strategy can help us engage with the present moment as well as with proactive solutions.

  2. I use Coping Kete strategies myself. They are awesome. Look out for a new one each Wednesday.

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