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14th-Dec-2010 01:26 am - Thought Stirring Question: Public
Non-detailed/non-graphic talk of staying present, dissociation, depersonalization/derealization, flashbacks,and anxiety.Collapse )

This week's questions are:
- What challenges do you face in staying present?

- What challenges to staying present would you most like to work on, and why?

- What methods or techniques do you use to stay grounded in the present?
24th-Oct-2010 07:51 pm - Thought-Stirring Post: Public Entry
Originally posted by sistahraven  on January 10, 2006

What is your favorite smell?

This one might sound a bit odd, so I'll give you some background. Many of us have learned coping skills out the wazoo to deal with our panic attacks, flashbacks, depression, anger, nightmares, etc. Studies have shown that using a few coping skills, which focus on different senses at the same time (as in touch and sound, taste and sight, etc.) are the most effective. By soothing our bodies on multiple levels, we're able to tell our bodies faster that we are safe and okay, despite what our emotions are doing at the time.

One of the easiest things, and often the most overlooked, coping skill is aromatherapy. Think about it. How much more comforted do we feel with the smell of warm apple pie in the oven, or fresh baked bread, or the lilacs in the spring, or maybe even the smell of your family dog. Adding the component of smell to your coping is an all-encompassing aid, that doesn't intrude on cuddling with a loved one, reading a book, listening to music. And with all the various scented candles, air fresheners, and potpourri available... well, you can find just about any smell - from fresh cut grass to a warm cup of coffee.
  • So what are your favorite smells?
  • What good things do they remind you of?
  • How can you bring those smells into your life when you need that extra bit of comfort?
breathing light

Discussion of suicidal ideation, crisis management, and related coping skills.Collapse )

This week's questions are:

  • What leads you to realize you are in a real crisis situation? Are there obvious/non-obvious signs/symptoms that you or others notice?

  • What kinds of coping methods do you employ or put into place during a crisis situation? (Do you have a plan? Could you make one?, etc.)

  • What kinds of coping skills or resources are difficult for you to make use of during a crisis?

  • Bonus question: Do you have a small collection of "surefire" crisis-related coping skills or resources that you can count on to help keep you safe during a crisis?

11th-Apr-2010 03:05 pm - Thought Stirring Question: Public
Cut for length, rather than triggers: talk of coping skills, and practicing coping skills.Collapse )

This week's questions:
- Are there any coping skills you currently use which improved with practice?

- Are there coping skills you've tried which weren't as effective as you'd hoped? Do you feel they could improve with practice?

- Do you have any recommendations for survivors who may be frustrated, or advice on how to keep practicing despite frustrations?
21st-Feb-2010 02:42 pm - Thought Stirring Question: Public
Dragged in Vs. Walking in
This is a member-requested topic :)

Cut for length, rather than triggers. Talk of coping skillsCollapse )

This week's questions:
- What are the coping skills you employ when you feel depressed or lonely?

- What coping skills do you use when you feel angry or resentful?

- What coping skills do you use when you have a flashback, or feel dissociated?
31st-Jan-2010 11:33 am - Thought Stirring Question - Public
Practicing coping skillsCollapse )

  • Do you have trouble being able to remember what kinds of coping skills you have when you need them? Do you think you could set up a plan ahead of time, with reminders?

  • When was a time that you’d used your coping skills and it helped you through a hard time? How did you feel afterward?

  • What coping skill do you wish you used more often?
9th-Nov-2009 01:26 am - Thought Stirring Question: Public
Cut for mention of dissociation, flashbacks, anxiety and stress. Brief mention of rape and abuse. Non-detailed, and likely not highly triggeringCollapse )

- In which situations do you most use grounding techniques?

- Which grounding techniques work best for you?

- How do you feel after using them?
7th-Feb-2009 03:17 pm - Tips on dealing with anger.
Hi all,

I would love to hear your tips on what you do when you feel really angry or frustrated (especially if you can't find the reason why you feel that way). I meditated for a few minutes and it helped a bit but for the past few days I have just been feeling so frustrated and angry. It feels like this fire inside my body that I can't seem to release.

Thank you.
7th-Jan-2009 01:21 pm(no subject)
caryl kiss
I was wondering... Whenever you're feeling really down and defeated, what do you do/use to draw strength?

I'm feeling much, much better at the moment, but in the near future I might need to find other sources to help me through some hard times coming up.
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