June 1, 2023Health

15: The Art of Self-Soothing

Self-soothing isn't just for babies—it's for adults too.

"Self-soothing behaviors consist of activities that can help you feel safe in your body, regulate your emotions, and cope with unhelpful thoughts or feelings. In essence, self-soothing is learning how to comfort yourself."

This year, I've had to learn how to comfort myself because let's be honest, we can't run to other people every single time we face difficult emotions.

Sure, a support system consisting of our trusted confidants and loved ones is essential to our emotional well-being—but so is cultivating a healthy relationship with ourselves. And that entails being comfortable sitting with our emotions and equipping ourselves with self-soothing techniques to ground us when we find ourselves stressed and overwhelmed.

If you're curious, here are my go-to self-soothing techniques that you can try:

  1. Journaling
  2. Hugging myself and gently rubbing my arms
  3. Box breathing
  4. Reframing negative thoughts with neutral or positive ones

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