ADD-SOI Center - Attention Deficit Disorders and Structure of Intellect - Manhattan Beach California

Coping Strategies - Helpful Hints For a Bad Day

By Valerie Maxwell, Ph.D.

Coping Strategies - Helpful Hints For a Bad Day

Having a hard day? Try one or more of these helpful hints to get through it.

  • Count to 10 before acting.

  • Walk away - think before acting.

  • Hear the word "stop" in your mind.

  • Take 10 deep breaths.

  • Close your eyes and repeat a calming word, like "relax."

  • Think positive. Say to yourself, "things get better when I relax," or "I can handle this calmly."

  • Use "thought stoppage." Be aware of negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. Instead of "I'm doomed," try, "It's going to be all right," or, "This too will pass."

  • Make a fist, sit on your hand and focus on how your hand feels instead of focusing on the event.

  • Push six time times on your body's "relax point." This is the part of your hand between the thumb and index finger.

Dr. Maxwell is the Director of the ADD-SOI Center of Manthattan Beach, California.

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