Stress happens. That’s not a profound statement, just a simple reality. Sometimes it’s big stress, sometimes smaller. But we can count on it being there on some level, most days.
As Jon Kabat-Zinn says: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
In our Stress Management series here at Green Mountain at Fox Run, we talk to our participants about surfing the waves of emotion by preparing a “Coping Kit”. Surfing the waves with supportive, stress management strategies can especially help those of us who otherwise turn to food in order to calm ourselves and relax from chronic stress.
We mentioned creating a coping kit to combat stress in one of my last blog posts, 3 Strategies to Self-Soothe & Stop Eating When You’re Stressed. The other two strategies to keep in mind are:
1 Activate Relaxation Using Your Senses.
2 To Plan and Practice Relaxation
Creating a coping kit can also help you to capitalize on these two strategies!
Related Article: 3 Strategies to Self-Soothe & Stop Eating When You’re Stressed
The idea is that we may not have lots of time to stop and process through day-to-day stressors, so we can have sort of a First-Aid kit for our emotions. These are easy, accessible strategies to bring stress down just a notch or two (or maybe even more).
Your DIY Coping Kit
Here are some ideas for what to include in your coping kit:
- Scented lotion
- Picture of friends or loved ones
- Joke book
- Worry stone
- Meditation beads
- Picture of a pet
- Bristle brush to stimulate the scalp
- List of acupressure points
- Beautiful landscape picture
- Strong mints
- List of favorite mood changing songs
- A few bags of chamomile or mint tea
These are just a few quick mood-changing objects to uplift or sooth a stressful state. Treat yourself to a beautiful little bag to put your coping tools in and maybe even allow yourself to buy ‘the good stuff’ for each of these products. After all, you’re worth it!
Also, find freedom to come up with your own quick mood changers – and let us know! What objects would you add to your coping kit?