Learning How to Cope

Of the millions of poeple who suffer from a form of mental illness, almost every one of them would say the hardest part is learning how to cope and express how they are feeling in a healthy way.

More often then not, a mental illness can cause individuals to cope in self destructive and harmful ways. Whether it be not eating or eating to much, self harm or drugs and alcohol, these habits of coping that have been developed are severely damaging. It is important to know that it is possible to find other ways to express yourself without hurting yourself.

Because of that I thought it would be great to show some examples of different ways people have learned to express themsleves whether it be through writing, drawing, singing, etc.

Everyone is different in the ways they cope and express themselves but for anyone reading this post hopefully it provides a new coping mechanism to try or maybe through others words and forms of expressions you can find comfort in knowing you’re not alone.

Here are the different mechanisms I found:

1. Writing and Poetry

below are different writing pieces individuals shared with me that they wrote to express themselves

*although not all of these are positive, they show the rawness of the emotions mental illness can evoke. Writing out these feelings is a much healthier way of coping instead of causing harm to oneself*

2. Drawing/painting

3. Reading positive self help books

4. Singing

5. Yoga

6. Nature

Hopefully after reading this you might be able to relate to someone and anytime you feel alone know that you are not the only one that feels the things you feel. I hope that after seeing other peoples different ways of coping and expressing themselves, you may find something new to try the next time you feel too much.

Always remember — It’s okay not to be okay. Others feel the way you feel and you are not alone in this fight.

You are loved.

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