Today’s guest post comes from Caty, who has been diagnosed with bipolar type one, major depressive disorder, general anxiety disorder, and social anxiety.
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I have tried and used many coping skills to help with my mental health issues.
Here are the skills I use daily that help me.
Crocheting has helped me so much! I make blankets, hats, scarves, and doilies. It’s really easy to learn and you can do it sitting on the couch. It’s really fun and helps with my anxiety.
I LOVE writing! I write Christian Devotionals, Nonfiction, Poetry, YA Romance, Christian Fiction, Christian Nonfiction, and NA romance. I also love to journal my feelings, which has also helped me with my mental health. Writing is my passion and I love it. I am currently in college studying writing and English.
Who doesn’t love to read a good book? I love reading YA Romance books or Christian Nonfiction books. Reading really helps me take my mind off my problems.
4. Watching TV
I love to watch funny shows like: “The Big Bang Theory”, “New Girl”, and “Baby Daddy”. I also watch with my family: “NYPD Blue,” “Forged In Fire,” and “God Friended Me.” Just pick you a show and start watching! It’s a great distraction. I also love to crochet while I watch tv!
5. Playing my piano and singing
I LOVE to sing! It’s one of my passions. Playing the piano and singing is so much fun and so relaxing. So if you love music, give it a try! My dad and sister play the guitar but I prefer the piano.
6. Petting and playing with cats
My cat, Little, is my therapy animal. I love to pet and play with him. If you live alone and have the means, get a pet! They are so worth it. My cats bring me so much joy!
7. Taking a bath
It’s so peaceful and relaxing just to read and take a bath. It always relaxes me to get in the bath and just chill out. It’s very calming.
8. Going outside
I love to go outside and pet my dogs. I have a rocking chair that I sit in and pet my dogs. You can also go to take a walk or run. Just going outside just clears your head and helps you feel better. It’s nice to look at the trees, sky, birds, and just relax in nature.
9. Drinking a cup of coffee or tea
I love coffee, so every morning before I get ready to go to college, I sit down and drink a cup of coffee. It’s my favourite way to start my day. It really focuses my mind to think good, positive thoughts because I am relaxed and thinking while drinking my cup of coffee. So just drinking your favourite drink is relaxing, calming, and fun! It’s the perfect thing to do any time of day.
A huge thank you to Caty for sharing her coping methods.
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