Talin's Favorite Coping Strategies

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  • Hiking

  • Journaling

  • Cooking & baking

  • Yoga with Adrienne

  • Dancing & music

  • FaceTiming friends 

  • Beach with friends

  • Coloring mandalas

  • Talking to a loved one

  • Playing with my pet cat

Meditation

 Meditation's effects on mood are well-documented. Settling your mind can lift your mood and ease your anxieties (especially before bed). Some meditation apps you can try: HeadSpace, Stop, Breathe and Think, CALM. It may seem hard at first, but the more you practice the easier it gets. 

5-4-3-2-1

 this is a grounding technique that can help you relax your mind and be more present in the moment.

5: Acknowledge FIVE things you see.
4: Acknowledge FOUR things you can touch around you. 
3: Acknowledge THREE things you hear. 
2: Acknowledge TWO things you can smell
1. Acknowledge ONE thing you can taste. 

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This video gives a great demonstration on how to use Progressive muscle relaxation. Although it is made for children, adults can enjoy it as well.  Progressive muscle relaxation is an exercise that helps relieve muscle tension often caused by stress and anxiety. 

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is one of the easiest way to calm your body. When the body is under stress, the breath could become very shallow. Deep breathing exercises help to slow the heartbeat and lower stress levels. There are many breathing exercises you can try to incorporate in your daily life including ones in this video.