Teen Coping Skills: Helping Others (Pt. 2)
What are Coping Skills?
Coping skills are tools that you can use in moments of hardship. Using these strategies will help you work through your difficulties. They become interactive coping skills when you connect with someone or something during the process.
List of Interactive Coping Skills for Helping Others
Here is a handy list of some effective coping skills for helping and reaching out to others. Write them down, print them, or screenshot them to have them with you at all times!
Help Others! (List)
Do Volunteer Work for Others
Encourage Someone Else Who’s Struggling
Compliment Someone New
Complete a Single Act of Kindness
Why Should I Use These Coping Skills?
In Coping Skills Series Part 1’s blog, I went into detail on WHEN we should use interactive coping skills. It was particularly focused on skills surrounding engagement with others. Today’s coping skills are based around the same 5 key emotions as Part 1. Those are Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Fear, and Grief. To learn more about using interactive coping skills when you are feeling anxious, depressed, angry, fearful, or are grieving, read about it here.
The real question now is why. Why should I help others? Why should I reach out to other people when I am already struggling? Is there a real point to this? Here are my top 3 reasons why helping others as a way of coping with our mental health is important.
1. Making Others Happy Makes Us Happy
A simple smile goes a long way. Helping others creates a smile for yourself and for the people you are helping. Smiles are contagious, so they are not hard to spread. It’s just a matter of creating the initial smile, so the happiness can take effect.
2. Promotes Overall Positivity
In the teenage world, positivity is needed greatly. Teens with low self-esteem and confidence find themselves living in a dark world and practicing a dark mindset. Reaching out to others and providing positivity for others will help boost self-esteem and confidence. You will also find that there are many people who will return your favor. Good deeds often lead to great outcomes.
3. Brings Peace to Our Own Minds
Being selfless eases your mind. Not only are you helping others, you are creating a life full of purpose. Your mental health will likely strengthen as you continue to make our world a better place because you are content with yourself, your actions, and your mindset.
Check out the Brain XP Teen Toolbox for a more complete list of coping skills!