Let STRESS help you feel more calm. See below:
Self-care- eating well balanced and nutritious food; getting enough sleep; no alcohol or drugs
Talking it out – talk about your fears, worries, and stresses with a trusted friend, family member, therapist, or spiritual leader
Relaxation – meditation, journaling, soothing music, candles, bath, massage
Exercise – walking, biking, hiking, dancing, cleaning
Self-awareness – helps gain perspective on the situation and view it in a larger context. Helps bring you back to the present
Socratic method – 6 questions to help challenge your negative thought patterns
The Socratic Method
Socratic: Of Socrates or his method of trying to arrive at the truth by asking questions. (The American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd edition)
In CBT the Socratic Method is used to help devise coping skills by asking questions that expand one’s constricted thinking. It helps to enhance one’s observing self. The questions are as follows:
· What is the evidence that my thought is true?
· What is the evidence that my thought is not true?
· What’s alternative explanation or viewpoint?
· What’s the best that could happen?
· What’s the most likely outcome?