Master Coping Skills List
Interactive Coping Skills
Be With People
Talk to a Friend
Laugh with Anyone
Spend Time with Family – Play a Game; Watch a Show; Shop
Play with your Pet
Play Group Sports - Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Rugby,
Paintballing, Frisbee Golf, Tennis, Table Tennis, Wii Gaming.....
Go Out with Friends - Go to the Mall; Go Bowling; Go to a Theme Park; etc.
Do Volunteer Work for Others
Encourage Someone Else Who’s Struggling
Compliment Someone New
Complete a Single Act of Kindness
Personal Coping Skills
Listen to Music
Play an Instrument
Journal Your Thoughts
Photography, Video/Film Making
Start a Hobby - Woodworking, Pottery, Model Cars, Candles, Cooking/Baking,
Refurbishing Furniture, Sewing/Crochet/Knitting, Jewelry Making,
Origami, Astrology, Travel.....
Read a Book You Enjoy (not just homework)
Listen to an AudioBook; Listen to Sound Bowls to Relax
Quiet Time for Yourself
Deep Breathing; Meditation; Pray
Use Essential Oils (Aromatherapy), Sage/Palo Santo for Clearing Negative Energy
Mindfulness Apps - Headspace; Coloring; etc.
Spend Time in Nature
Take a Hot Shower
Read About Other Mental Health Advocates’ Stories and Struggles
Visualize Yourself in Control, Happy, Successful, etc.
Make a List of Everything Positive in Your Life – Including Your Personal Strengths
Write Positive Affirmations
Make a Goal List of What You Want to Accomplish
Reward Yourself with Each Goal Accomplished
Take a Walk
Take Up a Personal Sport - Boxing, Rock Climbing, Rafting, Fishing, Geocaching,
Horseback Riding, Scuba Diving, Skiing, Surfing,
Skateboarding, Martial Arts, Golfing, Body Building, Pinball,
Go to the Beach
Organizing Your Room – Try It!
Gardening/Mow the Lawn
Collecting - Coins, Stamps, Sports Cards, Manga, Snow Globes, Books, Comics,
Figurines, Postcards, Teddy Bears, Rocks......
Drive Around and Discover New Places
Yell in the Shower
Punch a Pillow
Positive Everyday Practices for Coping
Get Enough Sleep
Eat Healthy Foods
Write 3 Positive Items a Day - About Yourself; About Life; About Others, etc.
Be Confident in Yourself!
Don't Be Afraid of Therapy - It Works!
Therapy, also called Psychotherapy or Counseling, is the process of meeting with a therapist to resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body).
Mindfulness-Based Therapy: The goal is to help individuals accept and focus on their emotions without feeling overwhelmed by them
Family Therapy: This type of therapy is designed to help families come to terms with or overcome a problem.
Group Therapy: This allows a group of people who are going through a similar problem to share, discuss and relate their experiences in a group setting with the help of a therapist.
Art/Music Therapy is a form of treatment that uses creativity as a means to express feelings and thoughts.
Teletherapy is providing therapy through a live video connection, over the internet.