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What is your coping mechanism?

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    Beth37posted 3 years ago

    Power struggles at work? Broken relationships? Trying to make ends meet?

    What is your go-to?

    1. janderson99 profile image85
      janderson99posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      (Laughter + Fun + Exercise)^10

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah... humor is mine too. Jogging was mine in my teens... I have slowed it down to walking. lol

      2. Joel Okimoto profile image87
        Joel Okimotoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I agree, I find exercise is a very helpful way to let out anger and energy.

    2. s4y g00dby3 profile image82
      s4y g00dby3posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      If it is a broken relationship, then you just learn and move on. You cannot change how others feel, nor would you want to. As far as coping with anything else, understanding goes a long way. It might not come from inside of yourself, it may come in the form of written word, a song, or even a quote. Speaking of quotes, one of my favorites is very applicable here - blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders. - Nietzsche smile

    3. Marie Flint profile image90
      Marie Flintposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I use the Violet Flame, a transmutation flame, of the Holy Spirit: I AM a being of Violet Fire! I AM the purity God desires! This vibrational fire immediately changes all negativity into positive polarity and feels great.

    4. Rik Ravado profile image93
      Rik Ravadoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      This is a very timely thread for me (Thanks Beth for starting it).  A power struggle at work is my crisis.  I've been hanging in there (for the money) when I should have quit long ago.  My boss, who I trusted, totally stitched me up this Monday so I have resigned.  This is OK as I'm in a position to do my own thing.  My problem is the hurt and sense of betrayal and injustice.

      I've been waking up in the night thinking how I can get even or how I can get justice.  One morning I was driving to work and the words came to me, "Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past for behold I am doing a new thing." (This is a verse from Isaiah 43).  The strange thing was instantly much of the hate and anger disappeared as I thought about new things and all the possibilities.

      When I think about work, I say the verse a few times and I immediately I stop thinking about it.  For those without faith it sounds lame, and I'm not one to share my faith often, but in moments of crisis it works for me.  When God says "Forget the former things do not dwell on the past," I KNOW it makes perfect sense!

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Wow that was good. Forgiveness appears to be a daily thing.

    5. AnnaCia profile image85
      AnnaCiaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Singing aloud and dancing.  The best!!!

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That's true too. I guess we all use lots of the same coping mechanisms.

    6. Say Yes To Life profile image85
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      For anger and anxiety, heavy duty exercise does the trick.  It leaves me too tired to be angry or anxious, plus the high afterwards makes me feel better.

    7. fpherj48 profile image82
      fpherj48posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Well, Beth....This is an interesting question for me at this time in my life.   Had I attempted to answer this, as few as 20 years ago, my comments would have been entirely different.
      My point being, it's not only true that we mellow with age....it's a total natural shift, predetermined in our DNA.  Just believe me on this.
      I'm retired, so I have no "power struggles at work."   Relationship issues, are Ancient History.......(and in hind sight, a complete and utter waste of time & emotion).....Because I am and always have been, a financial wizard.....my ends always meet.....because I'll have it no other way, regardless of what I must do or How I must do it...(legal, of course.)
      COPING is pretty much a non-issue for me these days.   I do nothing I choose not to do...and give myself permission to do what makes me happy and at peace.  I, long ago, learned to avoid toxic individuals, speak my mind and stand up for my rights.  I politely but bluntly tell people that if they're favorite thing to do is gossip, they need to find someone else to talk to.   
      The moment I feel a case of the blahs coming on, I give myself a pep talk, take  serious inventory of the many blessings in my life, go for a walk, grab a book or sit at my sewing machine....just KEEP occupied, doing things I enjoy and give my spirit a boost.
      When faced with anything problematic, I will seek out a trusted friend and exchange intelligent solutions....gather up all my strength, wisdom and common sense....and work at it, head first, like the "Aries" (ram) I am, until I'm satisfied with the outcome.    Coping mechanisms are learned through time, trial and error.  When we find what works......we also find there's much less to need to cope with at all!.......smile...........

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Good for you! I hope to be there someday too!
        And I admire your above statement more than you know.

    8. Doodlehead profile image81
      Doodleheadposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yogurt cinnamon pretzels have never failed to provide solace.

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        wow, that sounds *too good.

  2. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 3 years ago

    Anger. If something scares me or worries me, I get pissed at it, which gives me the push I need to overcome it.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That's interesting. I can see how that would work.

  3. kineticpoet profile image62
    kineticpoetposted 3 years ago

    Yoga and revenge fantasies.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Do you plot them out in your mind or is this like an online game?

      1. kineticpoet profile image62
        kineticpoetposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Just in my mind lol

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Ill do my best never to cross you.

  4. ChristinS profile image93
    ChristinSposted 3 years ago

    Exercise and meditation - sometimes a night out with friends to just get away from whatever it is. Fresh eyes see better solutions and all that.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      True.

  5. My Mind Speaks profile image77
    My Mind Speaksposted 3 years ago

    Usually for me it's time alone (akin to a cat licking it's wounds I guess lol.) Ironic because I'm such a dog lover =p I feel that it's helps me "recharge" my energy after going through a negative situation. Music usually helps me as well. For me stuffing it down doesn't work (the repressed feelings always come back much worse, & I have no choice but to deal with them.) I've also tried channeling & turning it into a different feeling, a more constructive one and unfortunately for me it does not work either.

    I have to actually "feel" the raw emotion, come to term with it, accept it & then move on from it and most importantly take something from it & "learn" from it in some way, shape, or form. I have learned (& usually stick to) a "time limit" (it really depends on the depth of the particular situation though.) I let myself wallow, be miserable, sulk, cry, scream, be dramatic, be a bitch, eat ice cream etc. Whatever I feel I need to do to express my inner feelings about it, or in some situations morn over it. Then I remind myself to take something from it, even if it's something I feel it will be insignificant in my future compared to other life lessons, I must take something from it. If I can learn and take something from it, then I feel I can take my internal "power" back & I will be a better person for it...then I can reemerge.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I need to learn to do that, but I just can't seem to bring myself to do it.

      1. My Mind Speaks profile image77
        My Mind Speaksposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Give it time <3 Maybe there are other lessons that (for some reason or another) you are destined to learn now & other coping mechanism that you are destined to try first.  Remember everything in life is a lesson, especially the hardest, most heartbreaking times.

        "You can only control what you can..." Best advice I was ever given.

  6. Jimmys Money blog profile image19
    Jimmys Money blogposted 3 years ago

    Great question...mmm, sometimes shouting helps (as long as no one can hear you!)...Driving out of the car park after a days work - especially on a Friday:-)...A nice cold beer (or 3).

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Car park? Is that a British term?

      Oh... parking lot. You mean, just leaving work helps?

  7. brakel2 profile image85
    brakel2posted 3 years ago via iphone

    Just now I had an almost panic attack as my husband announced that an unnamed person whom we all know is going to run for President. I am recovering by typing to slow my breathing. I was happy when I saw this topic. I hate talking politics. I need a good joke book. I am almost calm now.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      lol. Im glad we were here for you.

  8. janshares profile image88
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    Letting it go with prayer, realizing there is only so much control I have over people and things. After I fret a little, I pray and push forward and handle it with a better attitude that all will be well.

  9. AliciaC profile image95
    AliciaCposted 3 years ago

    A walk in nature nearly always helps me, especially if my dog is with me.

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    Beth37posted 3 years ago

    In the end, that's all we've got Jan. smile

    So Alicia, you have achieved a 100 in this day and age of HP's. Woot woot!

    1. AliciaC profile image95
      AliciaCposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you, Beth37.

  11. prospectboy profile image90
    prospectboyposted 3 years ago

    Music is one of my biggest ones these days. I just listen to music that relates to how I'm feeling, and it makes me feel that there are others out there that can relate. I also go jogging, or I'll watch a video that makes me laugh. People really underestimate the importance of laughter. It's one of the healthiest habits we can engage in.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Music and laughter... absolute best!

    2. janshares profile image88
      jansharesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      +1 hey there prospectboy.

      1. prospectboy profile image90
        prospectboyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I agree Beth37. Hey there Jan!

  12. Kathleen Cochran profile image84
    Kathleen Cochranposted 3 years ago

    I sleep.  My Mother always told me things would be better in the morning.  And usually they are.

    I wrote a hub on this subject, if you are interested.  It's one of my most often read.  (Is that an official term?)

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You are absolutely right. It reminds me of a biblical teaching that God's mercies are new every morning.
      I'd love to read your hub. smile
      I looked thru them all, didn't see it. What's the title?

      1. Kathleen Cochran profile image84
        Kathleen Cochranposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I'm Angry - Don't Mess With Me

  13. Cardisa profile image90
    Cardisaposted 3 years ago

    Quitting my 9 -5 and working full time from home doing what I want when I want. Choosing which clients I work with. If a client is too difficult I let them go.

    So I kinda forgot what work stress is like, but if a project is bothersome, I play with my dog or watch some Korean dramas. They usually relax me.

    The relationship part. I pretend to be upset to get what I want. Works every time. tongue

    1. Rik Ravado profile image93
      Rik Ravadoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I'm with Cardisa.  Its time to work for myself and do things my way.  Its great to have the freedom to be independent of corporate life! smile

  14. Tom Mukasa profile image80
    Tom Mukasaposted 3 years ago

    Denial shock as in being stubborn and false knowledge that am invincible is what I avoid.I have seen many who are still in denial even when they are  facing troubles. I shed a tear,I get disappointed, I think harder,I let pain get to me but.......I know I have to get over the trouble and live on.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      So you face it head on. I wonder how many ppl are that strong.

  15. spartucusjones profile image89
    spartucusjonesposted 3 years ago

    Wearing a luchador mask and $5 poncho.

  16. Pearldiver profile image88
    Pearldiverposted 3 years ago

    I've found that hitting negative people with a stick does the job for me...

    unless of course they are out of reach..

    Then I just use a paint ball gun  smile

  17. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    "What is your coping mechanism?"

    None. I just keep plodding along.

  18. Heather Says profile image97
    Heather Saysposted 3 years ago

    Okay.  Confession time.  Baking.  DIY projects.  Hubbing.  Seriously.  I had a giant, we'll say "psychological break" and almost lost my husband/marriage in the process.  I was refinishing a giant china cabinet earlier this year when it all happened, and I say that it and HP saved my life because before, during, and after everything (including twice attempting to end my life) I was always saying, "I have to finish this cabinet for a Hub I want to write."  Imagine that.  I never wrote the hub, but began Hubbing again in full force.  I can't control everything.  I can't fix everything.  But I can make this awesome cake and make an awesome hub about it.  I probably sound like a total weirdo but I shared in case this could be helpful to at least one someone smile

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That makes a lot of sense to me. I wrote about that in some hub I wrote... can't remember the name... the girl has black eyes. Anyway, at the end, I give a strawberry bread recipe from another hubber and tell ppl to just have one goal. Goals are good. (Im glad you're all still with us.)

  19. cheaptrick profile image79
    cheaptrickposted 3 years ago

    I come to the HP forums and post outrageous Sh#t that no rational human being would say to another face to face.It's quite cathartic actually...and It's a brake from my occupation as a life coach/yoga/meditation/bulsh#t artist.
    See what I mean?...now I feel much better....

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Ack! Ive been going back and forth for like 2 minutes... should I mention Break/Brake? What a quandary!

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image88
        Rochelle Frankposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I recently read something about a person on a roller coaster that lost its breaks. Scary in so many ways.

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          No, no! That's a good thing. You don't want your roller coaster to be broken.

  20. Rochelle Frank profile image88
    Rochelle Frankposted 3 years ago

    Yes, but the grammatical usage was scary.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Eh, it was probably just a cheap trick.

  21. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 3 years ago

    Scratch a hubber and find a schoolmarm. And that is just the men.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Stand in the corner.

      1. Will Apse profile image90
        Will Apseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        You will need to point the way through the chalk dust, lol.

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Walk until you hit your head on both sides, then stop.

  22. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 3 years ago

    You look remarkably like a caryatid today.

    They are the Greek ladies that the ancients liked to rest a pediment. Or sometimes a lintel.

    Mind you, I bet you still have a nose.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I find you endlessly interesting.
      I admit I had to look us cryatid although I wouldn't have needed to had I finished your post first.
      Mind you, even with the definition, the implication wasn't fully understood. Was it a compliment or an insult? One is never sure with you.
      I don't like to brag, though I do indeed have a nose.

      1. Will Apse profile image90
        Will Apseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry, I shouldn't start conversations that I cannot finish. Problem is I am busy at the moment, and I only get into these forums at the end of the day.

        Anyway, caryatids...

        Caryatids
        http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6a/Caryatids_on_the_south_porch_of_the_Erechtheion.jpg/450px-Caryatids_on_the_south_porch_of_the_Erechtheion.jpg

        Queen Beth wins the nose war.

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          And I have both my arms...

          1. Will Apse profile image90
            Will Apseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            You were too quick in your reply, lol. Having posted, I decided that I would probably have to do a quick Photoshop to be convincing.

            So now you will never become one with the Erechtheion.

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              Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I don't mind... Im not really fond of seeing my face quite that clearly.

              1. Will Apse profile image90
                Will Apseposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Not many people get mistaken for caryatids these days. FIne upstanding women that they are.

                By the way do you know where the word 'laconic' comes from?

                And would you ever think of yourself as inclined to be laconic, from time to time?

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                  Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  Let me just do something real quick... Im not googling that word you just posted.

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    MysticMoonlightposted 3 years ago

    Solitude. It is my coping mechanism. I must step back/out and gather myself. Whether it be going outside and sitting alone, taking a walk by myself, or taking a long hot bath, going within has saved my sanity more than once. I find that in doing so I gather strength, courage, and the will to plod on. For me, solitude is imperative to have diligence.

    Great question, Beth.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yes. That is a solid mechanism. Do you ever feel like it is a detriment?

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        MysticMoonlightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        For me, it is not detrimental. However, I find that it is sometimes misunderstood. Some think that all people that turn inward are doing so to be hateful, spiteful, or difficult and feel spurred by it and I'm sure there are some that may do just that, but for me, it is not. It is what keeps me from overreacting in many instances and it gives me time to think things over and contemplate things full circle. In my younger days, I was very hot-headed, had a short temper at the drop of a hat, etc. but the older I become, the more I realize that in order to save my sanity (and a possible assault charge lol) I must find a way to cope. Finding solitude and a quiet space for awhile, to step back and think things through, has been very helpful for me.

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I went to an extreme and isolated for 3 years. I still find I prefer it, but for a mom with a family, it wasn't a good mechanism.

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            MysticMoonlightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, I see how extreme isolation and solitude is very detrimental and probably safe to say, quite unhealthy. I've found a good place within solitude though, I'm very fortunate. When I feel like I'm nearing my breaking point, I resort to some good ole "me" time as I mentioned in my earlier post. It's not always easy to do with a family but I manage more often than not to squeeze in at least a walk or a hot bath when I know I have things to sort out. Sometimes, it takes more than doing any one thing than at other times, of course but over-all I've found that even the small "breaks" add up.

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    mbuggiehposted 3 years ago

    I read and read more and try to learn and learn more; I ask questions; I gather information.

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      MysticMoonlightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I love reading, mbuggieh. It's a great way to unwind and take the mind off of things for sure. One of my favorite things to do smile

  25. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
    DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago

    I don't have a very good coping mechanism, I'm afraid.  It seems to consist mostly of escapism.  Escape into the distractions of the Internet, whether here, on FaceBook and a couple of its games; games on my Nook; (I love reading, but no more budget for buying books--even e-Books cost a lot more than they should, and more than they were represented to cost when I bought the Nook)...

    I've taken to watching marathon sessions of certain TV shows with hubby....and that's about it.  Can't afford to go out to eat, or even for a "cuppa" these days...Hubby has no stamina on account of his health, so I'm the sole caretaker, and if I go out to take care of me, it's alone, and I've never been good at being alone...it's no fun to go for a walk or to the park, or anything without company, someone to talk to, or share the discoveries... "Oh, look at THAT!"  .....

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Our lives sound a little bit similar. If you were my neighbor, we would have fun. smile

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image91
        DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Hi, Beth...
        Thanks!

        ;-)  ...  I wish there were "like" or "thumbs up" buttons on the forums....  ;-)

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I wish that too.

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    Beth37posted 3 years ago

    In real life, Im a bit more laconic... a word which I totally know the meaning of.
    I am always the life of the party... except when Im hiding somewhere in someone's yard.
    Women... we're a screwy bunch... with or without our noses.

  27. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 3 years ago

    A laconic phrase is a concise or terse statement, named after Laconia (a.k.a. Lacedaemon [Greek Λακεδαίμων]), a polis of ancient Greece (and region of modern Greece) surrounding the city of Sparta proper.

    A laconism is a figure of speech in which someone uses very few words to express an idea, in keeping with the Spartan reputation for verbal austerity.

    Someone collected the sayings of the women of Sparta, but they mostly they do not work in the modern world. They wowed the Athenians, though.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I want so much to wow you with a one word response, but I don't have it in me.

  28. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 3 years ago

    Only a cup of hot cocoa is going to wow me at this point, in the evening.

    Good night.

    p.s. don't be unkind to the atheists tonight. They are people too, you know.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You've wounded me to the core.
      Good night.

 
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