What do healthy coping mechanisms look like?There’s no doubt that you’re aware of what an unhealthy coping mechanism can look like. There are chances you’re seeing some of them in your teen and in other family members. With a focus on establishing those healthy coping mechanisms, there are good odds that you can help to avoid developing some of those negative coping skills. Here are a few things for you to consider:
- Asking for help. This is one of the best things that you can do for yourself when you feel like you’re getting overwhelmed and overly anxious about the struggles your teen is facing.
- Create and maintain healthy boundaries where you need to, whether at home or work.
- Learn and know your limits. Much like when you realize that you need help from another person, understanding your boundaries will help you figure out when you should perhaps walk away from situations without resolution.
- Keep a journal of your feelings and the triggers that lead to difficult emotions.
- Set goals and stick to them. Whether that’s the goal of speaking with your therapist twice a week or helping your teen in one way or another.
- Eating healthy and moving your body. It may sound cliché, but your body responds to the foods you put into it. Indeed, no one would blame you for indulging here and there. But maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition and plenty of body moving can help to calm a stressed mind.
The importance of self-careWhile social media would have you believe that self-care looks like a bubble bath after a long day, there is more to it. Certainly, these types of things can be part of a healthy routine of self-care. There’s nothing quite like that quiet time to reflect on your day while floating in a steaming bath. However, self-care should ensure you take good care of your physical and mental health. You know that you need to eat those lean proteins with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. You also understand that it’s essential to go for a walk, a bike ride, a hike, or a run to keep your body healthy. But it’s just as important that you focus on your mental wellness. Work with a therapist who can help you to understand your own struggles and help you to develop those healthy coping strategies. Sometimes self-care is getting a manicure or doing a bit of retail therapy for a new lawn mower. But more often than not, self-care is ensuring that you’re taking care of each of your body and mind's needs.
Getting help for your whole familyTherapy is one of the first things you should turn to when it comes to helping yourself and each family member. There are several options for you to consider, including the following:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy, which will often include peer groups