TAKING IT ONE STEP AT A TIME
Carving up time can be a useful strategy when things feel very overwhelming: focusing on getting through the next five minutes, and the next five minutes after that, and so on. It can also be a useful reminder that sometimes it’s OK not to have a strategy. Accepting that things are bad in the moment without feeling the need to ‘cope’ with it can sometimes be a relief. It may also be a time when reaching out to others or asking for help may feel right.
I try and run a mental risk assessment before I leave the house each day, make a note of my mood before I leave so that I can compare before bed, and do my best to take it one step at a time.
Sometimes I just think about the next ten minutes and I break them up in my head because I can’t see beyond that. It can be just counting down the time.
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