Coping Skills

Humans can utilize thought, emotion, or behavior to manage stressful experiences or change. Styles of coping can differ based on the significant life event and the person who is affected by it. Instrumental or problem-focused coping mechanisms will directly deal with the issue to reduce stress, whereas emotion-focused strategies focus on your feelings toward the change. Active coping requires awareness of your triggers and consciously choosing to reduce your reactions. Avoidant coping can temporarily stall the stressor with a distraction to avoid the issue. Talking through your stressors with a support system like us can be effective in gaining awareness of your reactions. We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to explore your preferred coping skills and to develop beneficial stress management techniques.

Here are 40 coping strategies adults can use to manage stress and anxiety:

  1. Take a walk
  2. Listen to favorite music
  3. Do something for someone else
  4. Play a card game
  5. Take a nap
  6. Sip a coffee/beverage in the park
  7. Do something creative – draw or color in, knit or build something with your hands
  8. Take something apart that needs fixing
  9. Gaze at the stars
  10. Do an activity that you have always wanted to do
  11. Watch some funny animal clips
  12. Take some deep breaths and listen to the sound it makes
  13. Write a letter
  14. Declutter a room
  15. Do things that relax the mind
  16. Listen to an interesting/inspiring podcast
  17. Plan spectacular holiday for friends or family
  18. Phone an aunt or cousin
  19. Get a massage
  20. Play an instrument
  21. Clean out your wardrobe and give what you don’t want to charity
  22. Write a card to a friend
  23. Do a mindless chore
  24. Buy a bunch of flowers
  25. Watch some videos
  26. Start a new hobby
  27. Squeeze a stress ball
  28. Do some physical activity such as gardening
  29. Call a friend
  30. Give someone a hand
  31. Start a puzzle
  32. Do some stretching or join a class
  33. Watch a movie
  34. Write your thoughts in a journal
  35. Do a crossword or word-search
  36. Cook something to share
  37. Light a scented candle and watch the flame dance
  38. Head to the beach, the mountains or a national park
  39. Listen to a mindfulness app
  40. Get a facial or manicure
  41. Visit a museum or gallery

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