Not facing my depression was a direct slap in the face to Self-Care. I have written extensively about my struggle with self-care. Finding the balance between “just say no,” and the needs of others can be confusing. Self-care starts with the premise that you must put your oxygen mask on before helping others. I get that, but my generation was not brought up automatically … [Read more...] about Never Again Will You Not Face Your Depression
Coping Statements for Anxiety
How will you cope with the holidays? That is a question I am asking myself. Each year presents different challenges. When the kids were young, it was making sure Santa had time to get the presents under the tree before the kids awoke. My coping statement then was “we have done this before; we can do it again.” As the kids became young adults, the challenge was to get … [Read more...] about How to Use Coping Statements for Self-Care During the Holidays
Some days I need to remind myself that I have depression. But most days, I know that depression and I have a lifelong connection. As I move further away from my time in the hospital, I am beginning to feel guilty for being alive. The better things are going in my life, the more I feel guilty. After all there are many people in much worse shape than I ever was, even as I … [Read more...] about The Real Truth About Depression and My Survivors Guilt
Coping statements work! But you must say them to yourself or out loud to gain the benefit from your coping statements. Unless you know what coping statements are and why they are effective, you may not get the most out of them. I know from personal experience that this was true for me. Using coping statements began for me as affirmations. People send mental … [Read more...] about The Startling Truth About Coping Statements For Anxiety and Depression
What are coping statements? Coping statements are truthful positive statements used to replace the negative and untrue thoughts that take-over when you feel anxious, stressed, angry, and/or when facing other overwhelming situations. "Remember that it won't hurt forever" is a coping statement. Being a truthful statement counter-acts negative unhelpful thinking such as " … [Read more...] about What Are Helpful Coping Statements and What Are Not?