Here’s a list of coping skills to try when you’re feeling really stressed out, worried or depressed. Try to do at least 2 things on this list every single day.
- Talk to one person about your feelings. Supportive friend, family or therapist.
- Have a “lazy” day or hour where you do NOTHING.
- Go for a walk in nature or a quiet environment.
- Help someone out by volunteering somewhere or help someone who you know needs help.
- Do a random act of kindness, on purpose.
- Write out what you’re thinking as if you’re talking to someone. Then destroy it.
- If you don’t like writing, record yourself instead. Like a video diary.
- Make a list of 10 things you’re grateful for and write at least 3 sentences of why you’re grateful for that thing. Think bigger than your life, like being grateful for having the sight to read these words, or that your family does not do arranged marriages.
- Listen to music.
- Create play lists for different moods.
- Take a bubble bath.
- Take a hot shower. Before turning off the water, turn the water as cold as you can stand.
- Clean/organize your environment; room, house, desk, etc.
- Play/cuddle with a pet.
- Search “guided mediation” on YouTube and listen to one.
- Watch a funny movie or video.
- Create a vision board with pictures of things that you would like to do and have.
- Play games. Video games, board games, or games on your phone.
- Take a nap or just make sure you get enough rest.
- Read something that makes you feel good.
- Pamper yourself, like doing your hair or painting your nails.
- Watch your favorite movie or TV show.
- Write down or think about 5 good things you have going for yourself. For example, if you hate your job, at least you have a job. If you don’t have one, think about your strengths that will get you one, such as being responsible or being a hard worker.
- Create and stick to a daily schedule. Scheduling out your day will give you a routine and a sense of accomplishment.
About the author.
Liza J Alvarado is a professional counselor in private practice. She serves Adolescents, adults, and Spanish speaking families in Lehigh Valley, PA.