I have been thinking about the different coping mechanisms I myself used while working on being integrated. I thought it would be a good idea to talk about some. Some of these I learned on my own but others were given to me by my therapist.
When my panic and fear became very high I would sit with myself and deep breathe for several times.I found that at night when I was feeling very troubled I would rock myself to sleep in the bed by rolling back and forth until I fell asleep. This seemed to calm me and the other alters so we could rest.
When I was going through the deepest part of my therapy and all I was doing was deep belly crying. I would wrap my arms around my body as best I could and cry into the deep hug that I gave myself. Many times when I could not calm down I would lie in my bed and read the Psalms in the Bible. Those written words from God helped me so much. As I was praying and crying I could feel my body calm down and relax.
One great comfort tool I also used was given to me by my therapist. She told me to cross my arms and lay them against my chest and then I was to first pat one hand on my chest and then the other hand and to keep repeating this act. It gave my great comfort too. I was also to do imagery work where I would picture a place in my mind that I had been to that was very beautiful and calmed me and my senses. I was to fucus on all the things I saw in the image and I became very calm.
My senses are awakened when I am by the ocean.