Coping with COVID-19: Self-soothing

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What we say to ourselves during trying times is crucial to being able to cope effectively with what’s happening.

Especially while we’re all adapting to rapid changes and new ways of doing things, it’s important to consider ways to SELF-SOOTHE.

Brought to you The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health’s Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program, here are some sample COPING STATEMENTS that may help you tolerate the stress.

  • This is tough, but I’ve been through tough things before and made it through OK.
  • This, too, will likely pass.
  • This is the way things have to be (for now).
  • The present moment is the place where I have control.
  • I can’t change what’s happened, but I can control how I respond.
  • Even though I’m stressed right now, I can still feel grateful for…
  • We’ll get through this, one step at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time.

Here it is, your daily de-stressing dose (in which a baby discovers the magic of ice cream for the very first time):