Healthy Coping Skills
Unhealthy Coping Skills
Self Care/Love

Name 3 healthy coping skills.

- Work Out

- Writing/Drawing/Painting/Take Pictures

- Listening to Music

- Spending Time with Friends/Family

- Go for a Walk

- Deep Breathing/Meditation

- Imagery of favorite place


Name one example of an unhealthy coping skill.

- Avoiding Help

- Fighting

- Yelling at others


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.


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


Tell me three ways to care for yourself

follow meal plan

good sleep schedule

speak nicely to yourself

surround yourself with positive people


name one healthy coping skill that can be used when you feel angry.

deep breathing

getting fresh air

punching pillows

talk about your feelings



Which of the coping skills below are unhealthy.

- Getting Fresh Air

- Talking to a Trusted Friend/Adult

- Destroying Property

- Mindfulness

- Playing Games with Friends/Family

- Taking Feelings Out on Others

- Yelling at someone you don't like

- Destroying Property

- Taking Feelings Out on Others

- Yelling at someone you don't like


Name two unhealthy coping skills.

- Sleeping too Much

- Internalizing our Feelings

- Avoiding the Problem

- Self Harm


What are two benefits from using healthy coping skills?

- Feeling more relaxed

- Having a clear mind to help solve your problems

- Creating healthy relationships with others

- Being able to think about your response to a situation


True or False:

Every coping skill is healthy.


Some ways that we learn to cope are not healthy for us! (ex: fighting, self-harming, running from problems, avoiding, etc.)


why is self love important?

loving yourself leads to better self esteem, more relationship satisfaction, better coping skills


True or False

Is anger a bad thing? 


Anger is not bad, how we express anger can be a poor choice

Anger is an emotion that communicates when something has happened that we don't like


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.


How can unhealthy coping skills negatively affect our lives?

Unhealthy Coping Skill: Hurt Ourselves, Hurt Others, Creates Problems, Lost Friendships


What are the benefits of using mindfulness as a coping skill?

Helps be in the present moment

Helps reset 

Helps wake up our mind

Pay attention

Reduces stress


True or False:

Coping skills are used to avoid problems in our lives.


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


Is positive self talk a way to show yourself love?



How can a person know when they are starting to feel angry?

Losing patience

Clenching fists


Wanting to run or fight 


Describe mindfulness. Is it a coping skill?

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!


John has a lot of stress from school. When he gets home, he yells at his brothers to get his frustration out. Is this a healthy coping skill and why or why not?


Talking with someone is a great coping skill. However, yelling is unhealthy and it may cause issues in our relationships.


 Name three coping skills that can be used to reduce stress?

- meditation

- talking with someone

- breathing exercises

- enjoyable activities

- mindfulness

- read

- thought challenge

- think of gratitudes


True or False:

Coping skills help you focus on the important things in your life.


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


Tell me one positive statement you could say to yourself.

I can do good things

Everyday is a new day to make better choices

I deserve love

Mistakes show I am trying


Anger Scenario

When Bryan gets told no in school, he will shut down and not do his work. Name two coping skills Bryan could use to help calm his emotions. 

take a deep breath

take a break and come back to his work

talk about his feelings


Name three things that you can journal about.

- Your Feelings (sad, happy, mad, motivated, etc.)

- Thoughts

- Favorite Activities 

- Goals 

- Future Events


Suzie gets in to a fight with her mom. She decides to leave the situation and go journal. Is this a healthy coping skill?


Journaling about feelings and leaving the situation is a great way to reduce stress and calm down. 


What do coping skills help us with?

Coping skills help us work through and process our emotions so that we can reduce the effect that stressors have on our lives.


True or False:

Coping skills are not important to your well-being.


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


Tell me 2 ways you practice taking care of your self?

a face mask

singing music I like

helping others

spend time with a pet

read a book



Jeff is mad that he couldn't find his headphones before school. What sentence could Jeff use to ask for help? Why is it harder to ask for help when feeling angry?

"I'm feeling frustrated that I can't find my headphones and I'm worried I will miss the bus. Can you help me find them?"