Spring is here! And what a better time than to use this time to refresh or develop coping skills. Coping skills or strategies are behavioral responses that are used to deal with hard issue or situations. During times of depression, anxiety or even dealing with the pandemic it is very easy to fall into some unhealthy coping skills. So what does healthy coping strategies look like? This may include isolation, self -harm, substance abuse, destroying property, manipulation and violent acts. These negative coping mechanisms typically provide temporary relief or are good for escaping, but typically do not really help with managing how you feel. Healthy coping skills maybe tough to integrate in initially, but after practice, the integration of these skills will help you manage stressors better, but also help you walk into positive changes in your life.
Using positive, healthy and effective coping mechanisms can help one adjust to their situation with tools that are sustainable if the situation arises again. In addition, the coping skills can decrease symptoms, build resilience and improving the overall mental health of the individual. When experiencing stressful moments, it is good to use coping skills to release the tension to induce a cathartic experience where it is safe and can be easily translated into real life situations. The self-actualization period can be euphoric and soothing at the same time which will enhance your quality of life.
Here is a list of positive coping skills to assist you with addressing strong emotions and/or situations that are impacting your daily functioning:
- Get adequate amounts of sleep
- Eat healthy
- Slow/ Deep Breathing
- Talking to a trusted friend
- Setting boundaries
- Going shopping
- Fulfilling a hobby
- Taking a walk or exercising
- Making a pros and cons list
- Crying or Laughing
- Practicing Self Care
If you or a loved one are experiencing a difficult time and are unsure how to cope, Renewed Behavioral Health Services can help develop and improve your coping skills. Our clinicians create a supportive, nonjudgmental environment and able to help you identify healthy patterns and behaviors while cultivating and growing into your authentic self!