coping

The Coping Toolkit

Developing resilience and a more active coping style can greatly improve your quality of life, so we are going to add a new tool to your Coping Toolkit via these posts, every month.

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Formal relaxation practice is not only an effective way to manage life's stressors, but it has a magnitude of well-researched benefits. In this piece, you'll find a 25 minute relaxation tool to add to your own Coping Toolkit, to use for your own personal practice in both audio and audio-visual formats, for your convenience. 

Despite having many physical similarities which make us human, we are actually all as unique as finger-prints. We see this in so many of our differences in our tastes, our likes and our dislikes. We also see this is variations in responses to treatments.

"If you're pretty crazy then you're in good company because the human race as a whole is out of its goddam head." Albert Ellis - founder of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and pioneer in the development of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Today in the Coping Toolkit, I'm going to teach you five of my favourite, very quick, very effective thinking strategies to help prevent your unhelpful thoughts from making you feel like crap.
It is not uncommon for people to come into the clinic seeking strategies to manage their fears about having an MRI or other scans such as bone scans or CT scans, particularly if they are a part of the monitoring and management of a chronic health condition.

Last week I received an email from one of my lovely clients - an urgent plea from a stressed out Year 12 student, overwhelmed by their workload. In a new move for me, I decided I'd send them therapy via email with the sole purpose of getting them through their next ten minutes! This is what I sent.

Anxiety and stress can sometimes make us feel like we're being charged at by a bull. Our breathing rate increases, our heart beats out of our chest and our brain decides for us whether we stay and fight the bull, or we make a run for it. Luckily there are rarely any real bulls to deal with, but things like exams, public speaking, meeting new people or going for job interviews can make us feel just as anxious. Here are some quick and effective strategies for you to try.

Feeling emotionally and physically exhausted? Or more cynical or impatient than usual? Have you been getting sick more often? Or feeling less useful? If you answered yes to these questions, chances are you are burnt out.