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”

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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