Coping mechanisms are something I’ve been meaning to talk about here on the podcast for a while, and given the current pandemic, this is the perfect time to dive into them. You’ve probably been stuck at home over the last few weeks either alone, or with your spouse or family, and so you might be in a situation where you’re occasionally finding yourself feeling negative emotions. The question is, what do you do to deal with these negative feelings?
Most of us want to get away from them as soon as we can, and that might mean reaching for chips or chocolate, drinking a glass of wine, shopping online, or even running. While an activity like running seems like it could have no downside, you’re still left with the emotions you tried avoiding, and today, I’m showing you why these coping mechanisms don’t work or serve you.
Join me today as I show you what coping mechanisms are and why these buffers lead to consequences you don’t like. There is absolutely no upside to these habits, and I’ll also be outlining why they become just that: habits. The key is to gain more awareness around the thoughts you’re thinking, and I’m giving you some questions you can ask yourself to do that.
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- What coping mechanisms are and what ‘coping’ really means.
- How buffering leads to consequences you don’t like.
- Why running is only a temporary fix for your negative emotions.
- The results of not finding a way to handle your emotions.
- Why buffers become habits that don’t serve you.
- One question to ask yourself to bring more awareness to your thoughts.
- Why your buffers can seem unconscious and automatic.
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