Time Out Times 10
Monday, November 26, 2012
Maybe you feel like smoking helps you get through times when you just can’t deal with your emotions. You might feel better in the moment, but smoking isn’t really helping. You probably feel better while smoking because you’re taking a time out. So try one or more of these ways to have that time out, and aim to cope without smoking:
A short break from a stressful or upsetting situation may help you think more clearly and help you make a healthy decision about what you’ll do next.
Call or text a friend to say what’s on your mind and how you feel.
Do a crossword puzzle, play a game, or start that book that’s been gathering dust.
Take a walk around the block, run up and down a flight of stairs, or jump rope.
Feelings can build and build until you explode. Practice dealing with stressful situations. Look in the mirror and rehearse how you’ll confront someone who has hurt or offended you. Talking it through to yourself can help defuse your feelings.
Write down your goals, breaking larger tasks down into smaller steps. Then cross off each step as you complete it. Keeping a journal is a great way to keep track of your goals and progress toward them.
Try not to let negative thoughts take over. If you’re feeling down, make a list of things you are grateful for.
- Go Easy
Give yourself a break and don’t expect perfection in everything. Often, doing a pretty good job really is good enough. Aim to do your best without having to be perfect.
- Take Care
Being physically run down can make it harder to deal with strong emotions or a bad mood. Try to exercise, eat regularly, and get enough sleep to keep your body fit and your spirits high.
If you feel upset, follow the stop-think-breathe method. Stop for a minute to think about the big picture. Sometimes, things that don’t really matter in the long run can get you all worked up in the moment. Count to 10, breathe deeply, and focus on being calm.