HOW COPING TRENDS EVOLVED
By: Dana Kimbrough-Dixon, MA, LPC
In the spring of 2019, I parted ways as a behavioral health specialist at a community health clinic and became a stay at home mother. Initially, I absolutely loved being at home with my three children (ages 10, 7 & 2). I no longer had to rush to drop my kids off to school before going to work or when I picked them up in the evening before heading home to make dinner. My energy levels were better than they had been in a long time and I was overall in a consistent better mood. However after a couple of months, I started experiencing anxiety and found myself dealing with a different type of stress.
To reduce this new found stress, I began to apply some of the coping strategies I had used over the years with my clients to great success. I eagerly shared my experiences with my husband who told me he saw a big difference in my overall well-being since I began incorporating these strategies. I then applied these coping strategies with my children who quickly improved their ability to manage their emotions. This really hit home as I have always wanted to share these strategies with them, but I was usually either too busy or tired after a long day of work to see it through.
The next logical step was to share these techniques with others whom could potentially benefit from them as well. I launched Coping Trends on social media (@copingtrends) and received confirmation that there are people who need this content. After good feedback and the support of my family and friends, was born. This website serves as a blog with coping strategies for adults, teenagers and children, as well as a professional resource space for the behavioral health community.
"Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming."