Stress can be overwhelming at times, and at others can sit just below the surface and cause us to seek out and use unhealthy coping mechanisms.
After a long day at work, it can be tempting to reach for a glass of wine or a beer, but alcohol, among many other common vices can actually make problems worse in the long term.
Regardless of the psychological state you might be experiencing, whether it is depression, anxiety or stress, or other difficulties, here is a list of unhelpful coping strategies that might feel better in the short term, but often cause bigger problems in the longer term.
The psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling have compiled a short list of coping strategies to avoid:
While in the short term, alcohol can have a relaxing effect on the body, it is a depressant which slows down reaction times, makes us more impulsive, and when consumed in large quantities can make you emotional and cause other problems.
It is not uncommon for prolonged or regular use of alcohol to cause anxiety, deeper depression, increased episodes of anger, and loss of control over emotions.
As alcohol also has addictive qualities, reaching for a drink time after time can cause dependency and physical damage onto the body as well as to the brain and have a long-term effect on health and quality of life.
Like with alcohol, some people turn to recreational drugs to manage their emotions, but these too can be unhelpful in recovery and can cause both physical and mental health problems.
Different drugs have different effects on the body and while they may make you forget about your problems for the time (through escapism), they do not solve your problems and so a vicious cycle of drug use and escapism can occur.
It’s also common that after the initial high of drugs, many people often report experiencing sleep trouble, low mood, anxiety , feelings of hopelessness and even suicidal thoughts the day after or even for longer, which highlights how they can lead to feeling worse as well as not solving the problem going on.
Many people try to avoid their problems, either by pushing them to the back of their minds, or actively avoiding difficult discussions about their feelings.
This might be a short-term solution to negative thoughts or feelings, but eventually they will return. Many adults still suffer with unresolved issues from childhood, which shows how long problems can continue if not dealt with properly.
Our team of counsellors, CBT therapists and psychologists in Newcastle are highly skilled in being able to help overcome negative thoughts and feelings, and can help you take positive action to overcome your problems.
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If you feel that you need more helpful coping strategies to help you manage, contact us using the box below, or call us today on 07966 645198.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling