Coping refers to handling adversity and managing a difficult situation with some level of fortitude.

Coping may include reaching out to ask for help, prioritizing one’s energy and time wisely, knowing how to gather the necessary resources, keeping hope alive, and more. There is no magic solution that will solve your life, rather the goal of Creative Coping is to provide tools that help people to realize that we ourselves have the capacity to build support systems to help us cope.

Creative Coping is based on the belief that although we cannot control everything that happens in life, we can minimize unnecessary suffering by reaching in and reaching out. We can build support systems and ask people who we trust for good therapists, doctors, spiritual teachers, mentors, nature spots, low-cost recreation, healthy food tips, exercise and more. Creative Coping does not provide all of these things. Creative Coping fosters learning environments so that personal stories and clinical information and meaningful traditions can be woven together. As we share parts of our stories and seek truth, we gain more knowledge and recognize that we are not alone.

Losing a loved one, experiencing an illness or injury can leave us feeling full of despair.  Sometimes we do not yet have the words to explain what is happening. We walk through the unknown. And yet we can still practice self care, socialize, and try to regulate healthy sleep and healthy eating along with some type of meaningful and manageable schedule or routine.

Creative Coping was founded by Aviva Perlo in early 2011 to educate and provide tools for dealing with loss and transitions. She brings a background in social work, writing, and artistic improvisation. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Temple University, her Bachelors in English at University of Texas at Austin, and a dose of learning from the big classroom called life.  At age 18, Aviva survived a brush with death and by age 40, Aviva had lost five loved ones. Her work is Rated D&P=deep and playful.

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