Daily Post: on the edge

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Daily Post Challenge – We all have things we need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. Well, what do you do when things don’t go as you hoped or if you hit the proverbially wall?

For me, I do the following:

  • take one hour at a time and plan what I want to do in that hour. If things are really bad I might break it down to the next fifteen minutes
  • if I have to face someone when feeling at rock bottom I remember my former boss’s advice – smile and keep breathing – no-one will notice what you are feeling inside
  • do a mind map – or more appropriately, a mind dump. I get a sheet of paper and write down everything that is going on in my head. I might then lump them together in categories, allocate a level of importance, or ask myself what I CAN change and what I CAN’T. If I can’t change something I decide to try acceptance and move on.
  • seek out nature – the beach, forest, parkland or similar – very calming and good for the soul
  • reflect on my past achievements – write them down if that might help me feel better
  • think about what has gone well in my life – today and in the past – make a list
  • think about someone else and decide to do something for them with a compassionate heart – it alters the way I feel about myself
  • consider how this current situation will impact on  me in the future – one year; two years; five years and so forth – that can help get things into perspective
  • if none of the above work there is always the option of snuggling up in my bed and feeling the warmth and comfort of some time out

There are probably hundreds of different ways to deal with being ‘on the edge’. I would love to hear what works for you.



4 thoughts on “Daily Post: on the edge

  1. Terrific list, Lorraine. Like you, I have a cornucopia of “coping mechanisms” to choose from. But my number one is probably to STOP and focus on the HERE and NOW.

    Breathe in. Breathe out. Aah . . . that’s better.

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