Guest writer: Anastasia Polar-Vivona, MHC-LP
Cope Ahead is a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Emotional Regulation skill. We are currently in the holiday season, which can bring up some uncomfortable emotions. The holiday season is a time where we are around our friends and families, which for some can bring up uncomfortable and overwhelming feelings and thoughts. During these times, it can be common for us to resort to ineffective coping methods.
Does this sound like something you have experienced or are currently experiencing? The Cope Ahead skill could be for YOU!
Cope Ahead: 5 Steps
With these five steps, you can learn how to prepare for difficult situations.
Cope Ahead can be a challenging skill to practice. Like with practice of any skill, you will feel more confident over time. The more we practice, the more we feel in control of our responses!