No one is ever truly happy every second of every day. There are many instances when we will feel tons of other emotions that require a bit of work to combat. This is where coping skills come into play. Everyone is coping. You do need to learn to cope instead you need to learn healthy and appropriate coping skills to use and when to use them. In this post I will give you 13 healthy coping skills you can use.
When To Use Coping Skills
You want to use a coping skill when you find yourself stressed, angry, uneasy, etc. You may even want to engage in a coping skill when you are not sure exactly how you feel but know that you do not feel one hundred percent yourself.
13 Healthy Coping Skills
I find myself recommending meditation often but it is truly a wonderful mental tool. If you are someone who does not meditate on a daily basis or who has tried it once but didn’t like it, give it a try (again).
Doesn’t matter what you write, just write. Write down whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t even have to be complete sentences.
Music soothes the soul. Though it’s important to note that music selection is key. You want to choose songs that will give you clarity around your emotions or situation. You want to choose songs with lyrics that give you positive/uplifting energy.
Take a walk wherever you are. Even if you are at the office, take a walk around the building. However, if you can, I recommend taking a walk outside in nature.
With pets, friends, lovers, stuffed animals, family, etc.
This would be something like a stress ball, fidget spinner, bubble popper, etc. Something that you can hold in your hands that would allow your energy to flow through your hands in a controlled manner.
Any and everything. Whatever calls you, follow your heart and create.
8. Ask for help
I know, I know. Asking for help is hard on a regular so how are you supposed to ask for help when your mood isn’t the best. Asking for help looks different depending on the situation. Start small. More on asking for help to come.
9. Talk to someone you trust
Call, text or meet up with someone you trust. Let them know up front what you need (advice, to vent, the truth, etc) and then let it all out. Keep in mind that not everyone you trust is right to all conversations. Choose the person you talk to during this time wisely.
10. Do something kind
Give someone a compliment, tip a little more than you normally would, send someone you love something just because. A lot of the time performing acts of kindness makes you feel good inside.
11. Take deep breaths
Sometimes all you need to do is focus on your breathing and take intentional breaths. Slowing your thinking and heart rate by taking deep breaths puts your body at ease.
12. Visualize a peaceful place
The mind is a powerful thing. Visualize your dream vacation or think of a time when you were at your happiest. Thinking of a funny memory may even do the trick.
All the stuff. Cleaning will redirect your energy in a constructive manner. Not to mention, once you return to a more peaceful state you will have tackled that cleaning list you have been procrastinating on.
To sum it all up, it is inevitable that you will sometimes feel sad, nervous, angry, uneasy, etc. at some point in life, so it is important that you are able to navigate those emotions in a healthy manner. The thirteen aforementioned coping skills are all ways that you can do that.
Comment below if your healthy go-to coping skill made the list. If not, comment below a not so healthy coping skill that you engage in and are going to replace with one from the list above.