Coping skills

When developing a new habit, you need to start out with a conscious effort and have a way the activities will fit in your day to become routine.

I cannot see a way I can put a plan in place to laugh or to do or say something nice to someone, but I definitely can for the other activities. So to ensure they are done as naturally as brushing my teeth or putting my keys away (today my son said he misses my regular “Where’s my key dance” which now never happens because of my routine) I will have set times for these activities.

Hugging = there is always time for a hug but to make sure it definitely happens, I will hug my kids when I come home from work or when they come home, if I return before them.

Deep breathing = I will start the day with some deep breathing exercises after breakfast on our verandah.

Relaxation activity = I will make time after dinner for some pleasurable and relaxing activity.

Now time for today’s log:

  • 1. Did I have a laugh today?
  • Yes.

  • 2. Did I give someone a hug today?
  • Yes, my darling husband.

  • 3. Did I go some deep breathing?
  • Yes.

  • 4. Did I do a relaxation activity, such as read a book, have a bath, light a candle, dream, call someone and have a chat, sit in the sun?
  • Yes, had a chat and drink with Mr Sans.

  • 5. Did I do something good for someone else or be nice to someone?
  • I gave some heartfelt compliments.

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