When I speak to people about coping skills, I often hear responses focused heavily on mediation, guided imagery, and using techniques pulled from a workbook or a google search. While these are all well and good, I want to make sure that we also recognize that coping skills can be the activities you enjoy doing right now.

If you were to reflect on the last time you got really stressed out, can you imagine being able to sit down and begin focusing primarily on slowing your breathing down despite what’s happening? If not, then it is important to think of several different options that you can go to right away so that you can focus on taking care of yourself.

For example, my go to options include:

1) Going for a walk with my dog
2) Reaching out to my friends to goof around or talk out my problem
3) Playing a video game (for video game fans I’m currently playing the Witcher 3)
4) Go get a fancy coffee
5) Listen to a podcast (typically it’s Pardon My Take or Macrodosing… I’m a fan of Barstool Sports)

And the list goes on and on. Those activities you enjoy doing are more than just a break from all your responsibilities, they help you feel more present, more upbeat, and more like the version of you that you aspire be.

When I speak to people about coping skills, I often hear responses focused heavily on mediation, guided imagery, and using techniques pulled from a workbook or a google search. While these are all well and good, I want to make sure that we also recognize that coping skills can be the activities you enjoy doing right now.

If you were to reflect on the last time you got really stressed out, can you imagine being able to sit down and begin focusing primarily on slowing your breathing down despite what’s happening? If not, then it is important to think of several different options that you can go to right away so that you can focus on taking care of yourself.

For example, my go to options include:

1) Going for a walk with my dog
2) Reaching out to my friends to goof around or talk out my problem
3) Playing a video game (for video game fans I’m currently playing the Witcher 3)
4) Go get a fancy coffee
5) Listen to a podcast (typically it’s Pardon My Take or Macrodosing… I’m a fan of Barstool Sports)

And the list goes on and on. Those activities you enjoy doing are more than just a break from all your responsibilities, they help you feel more present, more upbeat, and more like the version of you that you aspire be.