I'm Struggling, What Can I Do?
If you are struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings right now, you can try some of the following….
Activity… Write, do something creative like drawing, craft or knitting. Do something physical, move to shift the energy in your body. Use yoga or meditation if it works for you. Breathing techniques can be really helpful but in some cases can bring on panic symptoms so be mindful about what works for you.
Soothe…. Make yourself a hot drink, change the lighting, wrap yourself in a blanket, grab a hot water bottle, uses aromatherapy or listen to music that calms or energizes you, whichever works.
Avoid Triggers… If you know that doing something, in particular, listening to a particular song, for example, is not going to help you then try something different.
Make a Plan… It can be useful to make a plan, even if it is just for the next hour or so. Try listing out the things you might try to help you get through a particularly difficult time.
If you can; Speak up If you can; Don’t suffer alone If you can; Reach out
Maybe you want to call on people close and say….
‘I’m having a really tough time at the moment’ ‘I could really do with a cuppa and a chat right now’ ‘I feel so low right now, I don’t know what to do’ ‘I’m not coping, I need help to sort this out’
It IS ok, to not be ok.
If you are struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings and you want to talk to someone that isn’t a friend for family you can call the Samaritans 24 hours a day, all year round on 116 123 and it is free.
If you are in urgent crisis call 999 or speak to the NHS 111 helpline.