We all must cope with and adapt to stress, change and more. Life is an ebb and flow of thoughts, moods, behaviors and situations. Riding that wave and hanging ten out over our board is the goal for which many of us strive. To not just cope and adapt…to succeed, live vibrantly, love deeply and have a shit load of fun.
For me, coping is mental, cognitive. The manner in which I take in and perceive the world is a barometer of how well I am coping. If I think the world is fucked and people are out to get me…I am not coping efficiently. On the other hand, if I think people disagree with me, that’s OK, they’er OK and I’m OK…now, I am more efficient in in my coping.
Adapting is behavioral. When the fit hits the shan, if I am able to problem solve, communicate with others, compromise and select a resolution for a variety of options…I am adapting well. On the other hand, if when the fit hits the shan, I climb into a hole with a bottle of bourbon and shut the world out…over a five day period, perhaps, maybe I am not adapting as well as I can.
We use many things to cope with and adapt to life. Sex, Drugs and Rock-N-Roll are just a few of the connections we leverage to enjoy and enhance life. Are they inherently bad? No. Yet, like so many things in life, over use can lead to issues. It’s all up to you.
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