Coping refers to conscious strategies used to reduce unpleasant emotions.
Coping strategies (or skills) can be thoughts or behaviors and can be individual or social.
Coping is to deal with and overcome struggles and difficulties in life.
It is a way for us to maintain our mental and emotional well-being.
Benefits of learning coping skills:
-Build self confidence
-Help manage emotions
-Help manage stress
-Improve behavior (reactions to overstimulation)
-Help work through challenges
Learning what coping skills work for you is paramount to healing and dealing with depression and anxiety.
To me, coping skills are like little "time-outs," where you give yourself time to think through what is happening, what is truth, and how to respond in a healthy way.
My top, go-to coping skills I turn to (to keep me from spiraling) are:
-Box breathing (breathe in 4 seconds, hold 4 seconds, breathe out 4 seconds, hold 4 seconds, repeat)
-Writing (duh...blogger for over a decade here with boxes of used journals.)
-Do something creative
Below, I've listed a few (okay, a LOT) more skills.
Find one that might suit you and try it out the next time you feel overwhelmed or overstimulated!
-Do your hair
-Study the sky
-Create a vision board
-Rip up paper into tiny pieces
-Write a letter
-Plan a dream room
-Play with clay
-Build a fort
-Go outside and sit
-List your blessings/joys
-Read the Bible
-Jump on a trampoline
-Talk to someone
-Organize/color coordinate closet
-Plan an event
-Make words out of your full name (Anagram/Acrostic)
-Play a computer game
-Visit your lifeyourvoice.com
-Smile at 5 people
-Write a list of goals
-Think of something funny
-Take a time out
-Count to 10/100
-Say something kind to yourself
-Close your eyes
-Say, "I can do this."
-Imagine a happy place
-Eat a healthy snack
-Jog in place
-List your positive qualities
-Write a thank you note
-Play cards/board games
-Laugh out loud
-Notice 5 things you can see, feel, smell, hear
-Use a relaxation app
-Drink hot tea
-Plan a trip
-Identify your emotions
-Make a day schedule
-Tell someone you're thankful for them
-Relax your muscles
-Ask, "What do I need right now?"
-Tapping fingers (or the dance...you do you, boo.)
The internet is FULL of even more examples, these are just the ones that stand out to me.
Hopefully you find one that you can put into practice and it'll eventually become second nature to you when you need it most!