Coping, everyone does it. Whether it’s coping with the death of a loved one, a bad grade or with mental illness there are an infinite number of ways to deal. Besides murder, other heinous crimes and the use of drugs there are no wrong ways to cope. There are however different ideologies on how to best cope with anxiety.
Over the past year, I’ve learned about coping and what works for me but I still haven’t discovered the best way to cope…if there even is such a thing. For me, distraction methods work 90% of the time. Things like watching T.V, reading, and coloring have proven successful for me. More than anything though, talking to people about what I’m going through never fails to help.
Talking presents its own difficulties though. Who can you trust to take your feelings seriously? Who will listen and not interrupt you? Who will realize that what you need isn’t their well-intentioned advice but rather their sympathetic nods and encouragement? I’ve found that it’s hard to find people who meet these criteria. So I rely on my other methods. Some days, all the emotions and thoughts are just too much and all there is to do is lay in bed, in the dark, in isolation until they pass.
How do you cope? What works for you? How do you get people to just listen when you talk? Let’s discuss!