Healthy Coping Skills
Unhealthy Coping Skills
True or False

Name 3 healthy coping skills.

Read a Book, Writing/Drawing/Painting, Listening to Music, Spending Time with Friends/Family, Going for a Walk, Deep Breathing, Meditation


Name one example of an unhealthy coping skill.

Avoiding help, fighting, yelling at others, or harming others or yourself.


Which of the following is a benefit of using healthy coping skills? 

a.) they reduce stress 

b.) they allow us to create better relationships 

c.) they allow us to have a healthy mind and body 

d.) all of the above

d.) all of the above


True or False: Talking to others about problems in our lives is a healthy coping skill.

TRUE! Talking to others allows us to share our emotions and problems so that we do not have to go through them alone.


Healthy coping skills help us

a.) Deal with stressors in our lives 

b.) Work through our emotions and problems 

c.) Process our thoughts and emotions 

d.) All of the above


d.) All of the above

Using healthy coping skills allow us to take a minute and process what is happening with our emotions, stressors, thoughts, and problems.


Which of the coping skills below are unhealthy?

a.) Getting Fresh Air

b.) Talking to a Trusted Friend/Adult

c.) Destroying Property

d.) Exercising

C.) Destroying Property


What are some benefits that you have experienced from using healthy coping skills?

Answers could include feeling more relaxed, having a clear mind to help solve your problems, creating healthy relationships with others, or being able to think about your response to a situation.


True or False: Every coping skill is healthy.

FALSE! Some ways that we learn to cope are not healthy for us! (ex: fighting, eating too much, running from problems, etc.)


Name three things that you can journal about.

Your feelings (sad, happy, mad, motivated, etc.) thoughts, favorite activities, goals, future events


How do unhealthy coping skills affect us?

They can cause us harm, hurt others, or can cause more problems.


Which of the following is NOT a benefit of using healthy coping skills? 

a.) allow us to create better relationships 

b.) they increase stress  

c.) allow us to have a healthy mind and body 

d.) all the above 

b.) they increase stress.

Using healthy coping skills allows us to reduce stress!!!


True or False: Coping skills are used to avoid problems in our lives.

FALSE! Coping skills help us work through our problems and emotions. You do not want to avoid these! Avoiding is considered an unhealthy coping skill.


Describe Mindfulness. 

Mindfulness is when you center yourself in the present moment. It can be done through meditation, relaxation exercises, or just simply slowing down and taking notice of things that are currently around you. 

Yes, it is a coping skill!


What is an unhealthy coping skill you could replace with a healthy coping skill?

Instead of yelling when you get upset, you could take some deep breathes.


What coping skills can be used to reduce stress? Name three that you would LIKE to do, but maybe have not tried yet.

Answers could include meditation, talking with someone, breathing exercises, exercise, mindfulness, or yoga.


True or False: Coping skills help you focus on the important things in your life.

TRUE! When we can cope with problems in our lives, it is easier to focus on everything else that is important to us.


What is a healthy coping skill to use when you're feeling lonely and isolated?

Some examples are journaling, going for a walk, calling a friend/family member, or listening to music.


What are two emotions that often lead you to engage in unhealthy coping skills?

Anger, sadness, frustration, etc.


When does a healthy coping skill become unhealthy?

When it is done excessively and in a unhealthy way.


True or False: Coping skills are not important to your well-being.

FALSE! Coping skills create a sense of calmness, confidence, and inner-peace. They are important for your overall health.

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