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One day I was talking with a client who was calmly sharing what had happened in her life since I’d seen her two weeks ago and she impressed with her calmness. With a history of anxiety, depression and having overcome serious drug and alcohol addictions, I wondered how she managed to handle the string of events she was relating to me: college classwork to become a therapist, frustration at bureaucracy dragging its feet when she had to have court papers signed by a specific date or she’d lose her scholarship, single-parenting her young son, dealing with the aftermath of her mother and step-father having been scammed out of a sizable amount of money, and being without a car for two weeks while it underwent necessary repairs.
We talked about how we all suffer from discomfort when we lack control over outside circumstances and how growing up as an adult child of an alcoholic made this task even more difficult. Then we moved onto what she’d learned about staying cool in hot times and she came up with a list of 10 recommendations which are to:
Practice these strategies when life throws you a curve ball. And keep practicing until those curve balls don’t seem so scary any more.
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