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The Plan from When Coping isn't Coping Anymore

Posted Dec 20 2012 12:00am
This blog entry is in response to my last, " When Coping isn't Coping Anymore ," posted on December 19, 2012...

Recently, I've been under a lot of stress, so I tried my usual coping skills that usually worked for me in the past with dissatisfaction and no relief. Accordingly, I went to speak to my therapist to learn new ways to help me cope with my stress and anxiety. Fortunately I came after most of the traffic died down in the mental health center, and was able to speak with her.

We came up with a stress management plan. The plan is to set a time frame or parameters around the time I spend on the lap top doing business. I will prioritize my work load and take more time out for myself to relax. I plan to try this new way of limiting the time I spend to my business for a week or two.

After talking to my therapist about the many things on my mind, I felt some relief and satisfaction with the stress management plan we devised. I feel safe knowing that these feelings are more stress-related than the byproduct of my mental illness, though stress can lead me to experience some symptoms of schizophrenia. Experiencing what I have with schizophrenia in the past- I do not want to go through that again, and I do my best to take care of myself to help reduce the likelihood of relapse.

To learn more about schizophrenia visit Embracing My Mind , Choices in Recovery , NAMI , or Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (Canada).
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