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    Re: Coping Tip of the Day

    https://www.60plus.smokefree.gov/qui...out-cigarettes

    Smoking does not have to define who you are. If you start thinking about yourself as a non-smoker, it can help you stay smokefree.

    Picture a Smokefree You

    How you think about yourself can affect the choices you make, like the car you drive or the clothes you buy. It can also affect your smokefree success.

    • Keeping your smoker identity (for example: I am a smoker or I like being a smoker) can make it hard to become, and stay, smokefree.
    • Thinking of yourself as a non-smoker (for example: I want to live healthier without cigarettes or Being a non-smoker makes me feel free) can increase your chance of smokefree success.

    The good news is that you can change the way you think about yourself. Beginning to think about why you smoke and what you will gain by not smoking will help get your mind ready to try quitting.

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    Re: Coping Tip of the Day

    Free webinar on October 6th (Tuesday) by Lisa Firestone, PhD:

    Powerful Tools to Fight Depression

    In this one-hour online presentation, Dr. Lisa Firestone will:

    • Share up-to-date information on various methods that have been proven to help alleviate symptoms of depression

    • Introduce a concept known as the “critical inner voice,” an internal enemy we all possess that fuels symptoms of depression and discourages those suffering from engaging in the very behaviors that could help them feel better

    • Explain steps to challenge this inner enemy and take the actions that can strengthen one’s real sense of self
    Last edited by Daniel; October 2nd, 2020 at 06:41 PM.

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    Re: Coping Tip of the Day

    https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/wh...-right-for-you

    The pandemic may be shared, but its impacts have been unequal.

    If you live alone, are a caregiver, or have lost work, the pandemic has been a larger threat for you than for many others. If you've suffered more distress than others, or more than you did last year, it doesn't mean you have coped less well -- you may have just had more to cope with...

    So remember to cut yourself some slack. For most people, the pandemic has been a unique challenge. When judging how well we've coped we should practice self-compassion. Let's not make things worse by criticizing ourselves for failing to cope better.

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    Re: Coping Tip of the Day

    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/h...ating-an-enemy

    Though the logic isn’t surprising — if we believe we’re powerless, we don’t even try not to fail — the extent of the effect is remarkable. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that individuals who believed they were powerless to fight their cravings were much more likely to drink again. In fact, beliefs of powerlessness determined whether someone would relapse after treatment as much as the level of physical dependency itself did.

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    Re: Coping Tip of the Day


    Stress Management: Relaxing Your Mind and Body

    University of Michigan

    Relaxing the mind

    • Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation.
      Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
    • Soak in a warm bath.
    • Listen to soothing music.
    • Practice mindful meditation. The goal of mindful meditation is to focus your attention on things that are happening right now in the present moment. For example, listen to your body. Is your breathing fast, slow, deep, or shallow? Do you hear noises, such as traffic, or do you hear only silence? The idea is just to note what is happening without trying to change it.
      Stress Management: Doing Meditation
    • Write. Some people feel more relaxed after they write about their feelings. One way is to keep a journal.
    • Use guided imagery. With guided imagery, you imagine yourself in a certain setting that helps you feel calm and relaxed. You can use audiotapes, scripts, or a teacher to guide you through the process.
      Stress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to Relax


    Relaxing the body


    • Do yoga. You can get books and videos to do at home or take a yoga class.
      Stress Management: Practicing Yoga to Relax
    • Try progressive muscle relaxation. This process involves tensing and relaxing each muscle group. Progressive muscle relaxation can reduce anxiety and muscle tension. If you have trouble falling asleep, this method may also help with your sleep problems. When you relax your muscles, your body gets the signal that it is okay to fall asleep.
      Stress Management: Doing Progressive Muscle Relaxation
    • Take a walk or do some other activity. Making time to do things you enjoy can also help you relax.
    • Get a massage or have someone give you a back rub.
    • Have a warm drink that doesn't have alcohol or caffeine in it, such as herbal tea or warm milk.

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    Re: Coping Tip of the Day

    Online assessment from the Canadian Mental Health Association:

    What’s Your Stress Index?

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