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,

                                        Paintball, Frisbee Golf, Tennis, Table Tennis, Wii Gaming.....

    Go Out with Friends - Go to the Mall; Go Bowling; Go to a Theme Park; etc.

Help Others

    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

    Sing; Karaoke


    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 Audio Book

    Quiet Time for Yourself

    Deep Breathing



    Mindfulness Apps - Headspace; Coloring; etc.

    Spend Time in Nature


    Take a Hot Shower

    Read About Other Mental Health Advocates’ Stories and Struggles

    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,

                                              Video Games....

    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

    Regularly Exercise

    Write 3 Positive Items a Day - About Yourself; About Life; About Others, etc.

    Be Confident in Yourself!

Teen ToolboxChristine Frey