When most of us think about our mental wellbeing, we think about coping... Trauma, stress, and toxic relationships are examples of struggles where coping may inadvertently prevent healing.
BERKELEY, Calif. (PRWEB) July 22, 2020
With Covid-19 and the racial injustice brought into the light by the Black Lives Matter movement, the world has changed, and there’s no going back. In confronting our discomfort during 2020, we have a choice between coping or healing. While coping mechanisms help us temporarily manage emotional struggles, healing is the approach we should strive for. Lasting wellbeing and emotional strength requires a continued effort towards healing.
Supportiv, the peer support network, has published a thoughtful new collection of articles, providing practical suggestions and how-to stepping stones for the more overwhelming parts of the emotional healing process. Supportiv articles and tips also surface in real-time inside its 24/7 peer support chats. By typing a few words in response to the question: “What’s your struggle?” users are matched in under a minute to topic-specific peer-to-peer group chats for anonymous support for whatever’s on your mind – from communication conflict or burnout and parenting challenges while stuck at home, to loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
As the world hits us with more bad news by the day, we owe it to ourselves to at least consider whether we have personal healing to do.
Helena Plater-Zyberk, Supportiv Co-Founder and CEO, compares coping and healing:
“What’s the difference between coping--as most of us do--and healing? Coping helps keep things from getting worse. When you cope, your underlying struggle is still there, and it feels like you’re just getting by. Healing addresses the issue head on to actively make yourself feel better. When you heal, you are taking steps to change your situation or perspective and finding new ways to live, even if it takes longer overall.”
The new Supportiv collection includes articles on boundaries, trauma, healthy relationships, and accepting the reality of your situation. The titles, intended to make healing easier, include:
1. From Coping To Healing: Making The Transition
2. Recover Your Sense Of Self In Order To Heal
3. Healing From Injustice And Channeling Righteous Anger
4. How To Know Your Boundaries And Assert Them Without Guilt
5. It’s Hard To Heal While Swimming In Self Blame
6. Does My Insurance Cover Mental Health? Help For You Or A Friend
7. Suffering: Why Do We Feel Emotional Pain?
8. NC: How To Go No Contact Without Guilt
9. Rejection Sensitivity: Signs, Causes, and Healing
10. What Is Depersonalization, And How Does It Relate To Trauma?
11. “I’m Baby.” Own The Mood To Stop Helplessness
12. Toxic Shame and All Its Friends: Panic, Paralysis, and Isolation
Supportiv Co-Founder Pouria Mojabi points out how our control over a situation impacts whether we cope or heal:
“When most of us think about our mental wellbeing, we think about coping. Coping strategies are lifelines in situations we can’t control, or when we just need to stabilize. Trauma, stress, and toxic relationships are examples of struggles where coping may inadvertently prevent healing. Getting through these kinds of struggles is daunting yet possible through continued effort, and with ongoing support.”
Find topics that speak to your personal situation at https://www.supportiv.com/categories/healing, with new content and new peers to connect with on each visit.
Supportiv has already enabled over 500,000 users to feel less lonely, anxious, stressed, misunderstood, and hopeless through its moderator-guided peer support chats with AI-driven content and resource recommendations. The peer support network is available instantly, and is free for your first 24 hours, at http://www.supportiv.com.