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.

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

  • Dance

  • Journal Your Thoughts

  • Draw 

  • Paint

  • 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  

  • Yoga

  • 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, 

                                              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!

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.

Teen ToolboxChristine Frey