Sunday, July 25, 2021

25 COPING STRATEGIES to Beat ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Let's replace our bad coping mechanisms (drinking, restricting, isolating) with positive coping mechanisms (connecting, reflecting, grounding)! Take your pick from these sensory, cognitive, active, connection and distraction sub-categories, and let me know: what is YOUR best coping strategy?


Sensory: grounding techniques, to become more in touch with your body's sensations. 
  • Music 
  • Walk in nature 
  • Sensory toys 
  • Soft blankets 
  • Body scan 
Active: 'active' activities can require mental and or physical exertion. They create a sense of purpose, and a bit of motivation is something we can all do with if we're feeling low. 
  • Boxing
  • Running
  • Yoga
  • Stretching/gentle movement
  • Learning a new language 
  • Watching a documentary 
Connection: Connection is one of the pillars to mental wellbeing, and it's an important one. Try:
  • Hugging
  • Cuddling a pet
  • Talking to a friend 
  • Meeting a friend for lunch 
  • Opening up in therapy 
Distraction: in moments of crisis, when you just need to deal and get back to your emotions at a later time...
  • Reading
  • TV
  • Audiobook
  • Youtube 

After these activities, ask yourself: does it make me feel good right now? Will it help keep my mood raised in the future? Then continue doing the things that work for YOU xx

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