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List of Coping Skills

The holidays are coming. This can be a stressful time and a fun time. Here are some coping strategies. Keep the ones you like, remove the ones you do not and add some to this list...


Phone a friend or relative - or stop by for a visit



Take a bath or shower

Help someone else

Go shopping for something you need

Think positive thoughts

Go for a car ride - or bike ride - or a walk

Think about someone who cares about you

Work to understand and accept your feelings

Apply logic to your situation

Organize things

Listen to music

Make social plans

Write in a diary or journal


Talk yourself into a calmer state

Engage in a hobby

Think about things in a realistic way

Think about the happiness of others

Spend time with your pet

Focus on your breathing

Take a walk

Think about someone you care about

Remember that there are others in less fortunate circumstances


Ask someone for help

Imagine talking to your therapist

Focus on the feeling until it passes

Create something

Cook or bake

Plan the future

Sit down and relax

Look for elements of humor in what you feel

Remind yourself that you’ve gotten through difficult things before

Plan how to change the situation that led up to the feelings

Be around children

Get some sun


Engage in sports with others

Attend something entertaining like a movie or concert

Talk about it with someone

Get a massage

Play a musical instrument

Read something you find inspiring

Seek out sources of comedy

Involve yourself in your religion/spirituality

Clean, yes some find it helpful

Go to a location you find peaceful or harmonious

Try a new healthy food recipe

Contact a person from your past

Volunteer at something you find useful

Write a letter

Buy or pick some flowers

Visit a pet store, garden, or gadget store


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