Second post for NEDA Week Photo Challenge. Today’s prompt is your favorite coping skill. For me, I actually have a coping SPOT. It’s a corner of our closet that my fiancé and I set up just for me to retreat to when I’m triggered or upset. On the wall are quotes, song lyrics, and postcards or photos — one rule is no pictures of people. I have the lyrics of the song Let Your Troubles Roll By by Carbon Leaf and when I am upset, I break the chain of negative thoughts by singing through it. I have postcards from some of my favorite places, and I have photos of my dog. On the ceiling, David (my fiancé) hung a sort of soft gauzy “ceiling,” and he strung fairy lights up one side of the wall. There are pillows and a bean-bag chair on the floor, plus several throw blankets and my sleeping bag. There is a hamper full of my stuffed animals too. In the photo you can see my laptop — sometimes I come in here to watch John and Hank Green videos to get my mind off things — as well as a Harry Potter book and my stuffed animal bulldog, Gus. For me it helps to feel safe (which I do in this cozy nook) and to distract myself with nerdy things like books and videos. Sometimes when I’m upset I come in here, sing through my song, look at a video, and then curl up and sleep. Sometimes I cry myself to sleep. But I always feel better after time spent in my nook. :)

Second post for NEDA Week Photo Challenge. Today’s prompt is your favorite coping skill. For me, I actually have a coping SPOT. It’s a corner of our closet that my fiancé and I set up just for me to retreat to when I’m triggered or upset. On the wall are quotes, song lyrics, and postcards or photos — one rule is no pictures of people. I have the lyrics of the song Let Your Troubles Roll By by Carbon Leaf and when I am upset, I break the chain of negative thoughts by singing through it. I have postcards from some of my favorite places, and I have photos of my dog. On the ceiling, David (my fiancé) hung a sort of soft gauzy “ceiling,” and he strung fairy lights up one side of the wall. There are pillows and a bean-bag chair on the floor, plus several throw blankets and my sleeping bag. There is a hamper full of my stuffed animals too. In the photo you can see my laptop — sometimes I come in here to watch John and Hank Green videos to get my mind off things — as well as a Harry Potter book and my stuffed animal bulldog, Gus. For me it helps to feel safe (which I do in this cozy nook) and to distract myself with nerdy things like books and videos. Sometimes when I’m upset I come in here, sing through my song, look at a video, and then curl up and sleep. Sometimes I cry myself to sleep. But I always feel better after time spent in my nook. :)