The Big List of 100+ Coping Skills for Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, & More

Use these easy 100+ coping skills for anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and more to help you stop overthinking, slow a downward spiral, or prevent an explosion.  If you’re struggling with negative or intrusive thoughts, overthinking, or anxious worrying, choose an activity that distracts you and immerses you and takes you out of your head.  If you’re having big feelings that aren’t born primarily from negative and unhelpful thoughts, choose an activity that helps you feel safe and lean into those feelings (like writing, drawing, talking, and otherwise expressing them).  After you’ve ridden that wave of emotion, then choose a calming activity or fun distraction.  If you find nothing is helping, and your thoughts and emotions often feel out of control and overwhelming, find a good therapist to help you find what will work best for you.

These coping skills can help quiet your mind and your body to help you find a calmer place in yourself and climb back toward the light.  Try what interests you, use what works, and ignore the rest.  Then feel free to print this list or copy your favorite ideas on sticky notes and post them where you’ll see them when you need them. Continue reading “The Big List of 100+ Coping Skills for Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, & More”

How to Overcome Phone Anxiety – A Step-by-Step Tutorial to Reduce and Manage Phone Anxiety

You may feel like everyone knows the phone rules when you don’t. Like you never got the handbook or missed out some innate skill or instinct. Maybe you haven’t learned phone skills yet which triggers your anxiety, or maybe your anxiety keeps you from getting enough practice. Or maybe you’ve mastered phone skills, but your anxiety flares up for other reasons. Regardless of your reasons, it doesn’t change the fact that talking on the phone often goes hand in hand with at least some degree of anxiety. The good news is that you can learn to manage or overcome phone anxiety and fear of phone calls.

Even without anxiety, phones are a challenge to our human nature. We are required to be part of a real-time interaction while getting less input about the other person’s reactions. Talking to a disembodied voice with no way to judge body language or facial expressions doesn’t come naturally. Many phone calls are underwhelming. People stutter, misspeak, interrupt, mishear and pretend they didn’t. It’s a wonder that everyone’s goal when on the phone isn’t to get off the phone as soon as possible, right?

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The Big List of Coping Statements for Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Grief, Anger, and More

Coping statements are positive and true statements used to replace the negative and untrue thoughts that often take root when you feel anxious, depressed, stressed, angry, or when facing other distressing or overwhelming situations. For example, replace “I can’t take it anymore” with “I’m doing it. I can handle this.”  Unlike affirmations (“I’m feeling calm and peaceful”), positive coping statements are both positive and TRUE.  Use this huge list to find coping statements for anxiety, depression, stress, grief, phobias, disordered eating, anger, and more.

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