Therapy Thursday: Coping with Stress

When you break things down, there are two ways of coping with stress. There is active coping and there is passive coping. When you use active coping, you tackle a problem, or stressor, head on. On the contrary, when you use passive coping, you are simply taking your mind off of the stressor.

Active coping helps with putting your mind at ease in a productive way. Examples of active coping could be making a list of things to do, problem solving, or seeking social or emotional support. Passive coping helps with putting your mind at ease, but only temporarily. Examples of passive coping could be ignoring your problems, procrastinating, and self-medicating.

Take time to reflect on what type of coping strategies you use. You can always learn new ways of coping and improve on skills you already use. There are many ways of coping with stress that are healthy including making to-do lists, self-care, and planning ahead. Don't let negative thoughts, worries, or wishful thinking take over. Do something that makes you feel good!

Here is a list of 10 positive ways of dealing with stress:

1. Take a walk

2. Make a to-do list

3. Study for that test/quiz; Rehearse your speech/presentation

4. Workout/stretch

5. Clean a room in your house

6. Do something nice for somebody else

7. Create a mood journal

8. Prioritize your goals

9. Talk to a counselor

10. Work on time management

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