Coping In These Uncertain Times

It seems that every generation talks about the uncertain times in which they live, but that statement has never been more true than it is in today’s uncertain world. Especially here in the UK, where we not only have the fake news, financial uncertainty and global environmental crisis that the rest of the world is dealing with, but we also have the social and political uncertainty that is a result of Brexit. You could say that we have a lot to worry about and it can be a challenge to clear our minds long enough to make a rational thought.

And, with that being said, it is clear and rational thinking that will see us through these difficult times and help us feel better about who we are and how we relate to the world around us. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed with loneliness, you are stressed about your finances, or you are struggling with anxiety, finding and developing the right coping skills is important to our mental and physical health. 

What Are Coping Skills?
While it’s no secret that coping skills are an important part of our mental health, many of us fail to recognise these skills until we need them the most. Then, for some, it can be too late. What are coping skills? Coping skills can best be defined as ‘strategies that help you reduce stress and more effectively handle the difficult situations that you might be experiencing’. There are many times in our lives that we will need coping skills and both our bodies and our minds can truly benefit from them.
There are four basic categories of coping skills that we use to overcome difficult or uncertain times in our lives and they are:
Altruism- treating others how you would want to be treated.
Sublimation- finding a creative outlet to help you deal with emotions and solve problems.
Suppression- having patience and an ability to look on the bright side.
Humour- not taking yourself too seriously.
These coping skills are known as mature coping methods. There are also immature coping methods which include throwing tantrums, living in denial, blaming others, and being passive-aggressive.
To be able to focus on using our mature coping skills, and avoid using our immature coping skills takes practice. We can learn ways to use these coping skills in our everyday lives and that can best be done through professional therapy at New Life Therapy. With a wide range of therapeutic services for both children and adults, New Life Therapy focuses on making their clients feel more like themselves again.
Contact New Life Therapy To learn more ways to cope with the uncertainty that we face on a daily basis, contact New Life Therapy and speak with a qualified Integrative Therapist who can answer any questions that you might have.

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