How To Cope

If you are in an abu­sive rela­tion­ship, there are things you can do to bet­ter cope with your liv­ing sit­u­a­tion. It’s impor­tant for you to find healthy ways to express your feel­ings and to learn tech­niques to help you calm down when you feel stressed or depressed.

Here are some ideas:

  • Write your feel­ings in a journal.
  • Lis­ten to music.
  • Draw, paint or do some other craft or art project.
  • Prac­tice deep breath­ing to calm down.
  • Talk to a friend, rel­a­tive or a counselor.
  • Imag­ine a quiet place.
  • Make a safety plan

All of these cop­ing tech­niques can be taught to and shared with your chil­dren. This will pro­vide them with tools to calm down, express their feel­ings in a healthy way and han­dle dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions. It will also pro­vide you with an oppor­tu­nity to bond with your chil­dren in a pos­i­tive way. This will help to build your children’s trust and sense of security.

There is help. You are not alone and it’s okay to talk about it!

 

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