These strategies can be helpful when focusing your attention away from the painful feelings or situation. Instead of avoiding, you are distracting, or choosing to focus your attention for now with the intention of going back to the problem later, when emotions are regulated, you feel safer, and have the skills to address the problem.
- I can do this
- I can stand it
- It won’t last forever
- I’m doing the best I can
- I am strong and capable
Journaling can help you express yourself, manage anxiety and stress, clarify thoughts and feelings, and practice positive self-talk.
Some examples of journal prompts to try: