The Coping Kete

No. 51: Building a Body that is Prepared to Cope

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

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

I will build my resilience to stress and distress by making sure that I am meeting my physical needs.

I will regularly go through the following mental check-list of physical needs I may need to address in the moment.

There are a range of physical states that can trigger or exacerbate negative emotions and stress responses.

The Mental Check-List

  1. Am I thirsty right now? If yes, I will go and sip a glass of water.
  2. Am I hungry right now? If yes, I will go and eat something.
  3. Am I tired right now? If yes, I will get some rest or do something physical to energise myself.
  4. Are my muscles tense or aching right now? If yes, I will move around or do some stretches.

If I am unable to take steps to address an area of need, I will have compassion and understanding for the way that this need will be affecting my emotions, until I am able to take care of it.  I will let the people around me know that I am being affected by it so they can understand why I might be a bit short-fused or on edge.

Once my physical needs are addressed, I will be ready to deal with the challenges of the situation and engage in any other self-soothing or help-seeking as needed.

When I am comfortable with running through the mental check-list and meeting my physical needs, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as a strategy for lifting my mood in times of stress and distress.

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