Coping Skills Exercise

Coping strategy Why is this helpful?
Think of something funny which made you laugh (a comedy or funny joke) It is a known fact that you can not laugh and feel angry or sad at the same time.
Take yourself away from the situation that is making you feel angry or affecting you. It gives you space to calm and think through your feelings. The change of scenery also offers you a state-change.
Try a relaxation technique such as clenching all the muscles slowly, one by one in your body and then releasing them. It relaxes your muscles and helps to drain all the tension away.
Sit somewhere quiet, close your eyes and relax, taking in deep breaths through your nose, and out through your mouth. Repeat this several times until you notice yourself feeling calm. It returns your body back to its natural state of calm.
Repeat a helpful affirmation to yourself such as ‘I am calm, this is just a challenge, I am in control’. Saying positive words to yourself helps you to feel in control and optimistic about the situation.
Indulge in some form of exercise such as running, walking, a sport etc… Any form of physical exercise rids your body of chemicals which accumulate when you are angry. Exercise releases endorphins which help you feel better.
Listen to some music – something relaxing or your favourite song. This will help you to feel happy.
Use a visualisation technique to help calm you. Visualise something pleasant and use your senses (see it, hear it, feel it, smell it)… really get into the mindset. If you visualise something, it sometimes feels very real. Visualisation is a good way of helping you achieve your dreams as it helps you to picture what it will feel like when you have achieved something.
Help someone else with a problem they have. It helps take your mind off your own problems and makes you feel good about yourself. This is a ‘natural feel-good’ technique. Everyone likes to feel happy.