The Coping Kete

No. 37: Fears or facts?

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

I will practice distinguishing between thoughts, feelings and responses that are related to fears and those that are related to facts as I move through my daily life. When I notice shifts in mood, I will ask myself what is driving the reaction. It might help to take some time out to jot down what is running through my mind on a piece of paper. If I realise I am responding to something I fear could be true, I will remind myself that this is a natural thing to fear. I will remind myself, there is often a big difference between what is plausible and what is true.  I will then return my thoughts to the facts of the current situation – to the observable pieces of information.

This way I can practice keeping my interpretations of events in perspective.

When I am used to examining the basis of my thoughts and sifting fear from fact in everyday situations, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as a strategy for times of distress.

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