What makes you feel in control? A lot of things in my life are out of my control to fix right now. It's difficult to talk about, because people who've never been in the situation don't understand. They suggest things I've tried, or am unable to do/try. In years past, I was able to take control of just about any situation I encountered and fix it in one way or another, but my ability to do so is limited right now. However, there are always a few things I can control. One way I can trick myself into feeling more in control is to make lists and check off things as I complete them, which gives me a feeling of accomplishment. I am also working on decluttering my work space right now, and best of all, I've been able to do so by selling some old books, DVDs and CDs. This has not only given me a sense of accomplishment, it's also brought in a little money. I still have some more to go through, and hopefully will be able to sell some of those. So far, I have made about $70. I don't like throwing out anything that still has life left in it, so by selling, giving away or even donating those items, I feel as if I'm making a difference and keeping items out of the landfills, and in some cases, helping people out. I moved some things around here in the office yesterday, and am very happy with how it looks right now. There's still a lot to be done, but I can see visible progress over what it looked like a few months ago, which makes me happy. What makes you feel in control? Are there specific things that have helped you to feel in control in the past? Sharing ideas here can help us to increase our arsenals of coping techniques.