Author: Teresa

The 411 on Coping Strategies

We hear a lot about coping strategies, and it’s not always clear what the term means. Eating better? Exercise? How are “coping strategies” different from “daily self-care?” Do we use them differently? All good questions. Let’s dive in, shall we?  Learning how to manage stress and stressors is a key component of our self-care and recovery plans. “It  feels like there’s something new, every week. First, it was Hurricane Harvey. Then Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Then the Las Vegas shooting. And now, it’s the fires!” This is the note my support group started on this week: a recounting of...

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Positive Coping Strategies

As we discussed in an earlier post on this topic, positive coping strategies help us handle the the bumps and bruises life sends us. For some of us, using positive strategies doesn’t come naturally. Maybe we’ve tried before, with mixed results. We may even be afraid to change the way we respond to situations, because it could have impacts that we are not prepared to handle. Fears of Changing the Strategy There are a few fears that come up when I discuss positive coping strategies with my groups. Two common ones are that the new skill might not work...

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Negative Coping Skills & Shame

It’s almost a given that those of us living with mental illness have and use negative coping skills. Often, we know exactly what they are, too. I’ve sat in more than one group reading off a list of negative skills and with quiet nods of agreement all around me. Where they enthusiastically check off items on a list of positive skills we can try, the negative list is often left blank. The color of shame. The reality is negative coping skills exist for a reason.  Somewhere we’ve learned them, for some reason we’ve developed them, in some way they...

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And……We’re Launched!

This is it – we’re launched!! Join me as I make the announcement! In this video, I share the genesis of the ministry, the meaning behind the name, and the message of hope we want to bring. I would love to get your feedback on the ministry and the video in the comments below.     Facebook Follow Twitter Follow Youtube Follow Now that we’ve launched, learn more about Wounded Birds Ministry by going to our About page, or check out the blogs.  ...

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The Importance of Routines

Routines—we all have them.  Some of these routines are intentional – such as the bedtime routine – and others are ones we fall into. Routines are important for all of us; they create predictability and provide comfort. For those of us with mental illness, however, our natural instinct is often to rebel against the idea of a routine, often because we want to be like “normal” people. For those who want to stay on the path to recovery, a routine can be an excellent tool to help normalize and stabilize ourselves. As we look at establishing healthy routines, we’ll...

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