Quality Life Center

Coping Skills Counseling

Coping Skills are the methods a person uses to deal with stressful situations. These may help a person face a situation, take action, and be flexible and persistent in solving problems. Coping skills are tools and techniques you can use to help you handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain a sense of internal order.

Warning Signs & Symptoms of Emotional Stress

  • Heaviness in your chest, increased heart rate or chest pain
  • Shoulder, neck or back pain; general body aches and pains
  • Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired, anxious, depressed

Good Coping Skills Include:

  • Practicing meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Having time to yourself
  • Engaging in physical activity or exercise
  • Reading
  • Spending time with friends
  • Finding humor
  • Spending time on your hobbies
  • Engaging in spirituality

Ways To Cope With Stress

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Take care of your body.
  • Make time to unwind.
  • Talk to others.
  • Connect with others.
  • Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol