Healthy Coping Skills
Unhealthy Coping Skills
True or False
Does it Require a Coping Skill?
Explain it
100

What is a healthy coping skill that can help you relax?

100

What are the benefits of unhealthy coping skills?

short term relief from negative feelings.

100

Coping skills are only used to help you relax. Why or why not?

False,

Managing your stress, anxiety, and/or depression is not always relaxing. exercise is a great healthy coping skill and is not necessarily relaxing although it results in the relief of negative symptoms.

100

You are sitting in class working and notice someone is tapping their pencil really loud. 

What is one thing you can do?

Yes!

100

Why are coping skills helpful?

Helps you learn how to handle your emotions

200

What can you do when you are overwhelmed with school work?

200

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

200
A helpful way to stop negative feelings is to distract yourself with coping skills.

False 

200

You just finished a test that was draining and more difficult than you expected. 

What is one thing you can do?

Yes!

200

Who can benefit from using coping skills? AND When should they be used?

Everyone! All the time!

300

What is a healthy coping skill you have used this week?

300

What is an unhealthy coping skill you use or have used in the past?

300

Coping skills are only needed when you're struggling with negative emotions.

False, you can need a coping skill when you feel a positive emotion like an overwhelming amount of excitement

300

Your little brother is running around and unplugs the video game by accident while you are in the middle of a game.

What is one thing you can do?

Yes!

300

What are some coping skills you use or would like to try using?

walking

coloring

taking a break

deep breathing


400

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

400

What is the difference between an unhealthy coping skill and a healthy coping skill? Extra points for examples of each!

They are both coping skills and therefore alleviate your negative feelings, however, the difference is...

Unhealthy Coping Skills only help to relieve your depression, anxiety, or stress while you're doing it or for the short term and may have negative impacts if used too often. (examples- substance use, self-harm, overeating, bullying or harming others, or too much screen time.)

Healthy Coping Skills help relieve your depression, anxiety, or stress for the longer and may have long-term benefits. (examples- exercise, finding hobbies and interests, being outside, walking, communicating your feelings to yourself and others, mindfulness practices.)

400

It's important to have lots of coping tools in your "toolbox" to pull from.

False, you are the only one who can decide how many coping mechanisms you need. One that works well for you might not work well for others. It is important you have enough to cover common situations in your life.

400

Summer break is coming to an end and you're feeling anxious about school starting back up.

What is one thing you can do?

Yes!

400

what makes something a "coping skill?"

If it helps you calm down to be able to handle a stressful situation.

500

What is a mindfulness practice that can help you calm your body and mind?

belly breathing or deep breaths, meditation, body scans, etc. 

500

When does watching tv, scrolling social media, sleeping, etc become an unhealthy coping tool, AND why?

When you are doing it all the time or more than any other coping skills

Because it does not help relieve your depression, anxiety, or stress long term; it only helps in the moment.

500

It is important to not use unhealthy coping skills

False

500

You are feeling anxious because you are fighting with a friend. 

What is one thing you can do?

Yes!

500

What are the 4 categories of coping skills or self-care?

1) Before- coping skills to help you prepare for or prevent negative feelings (ex. grounding tools, breathing, identifying potential triggers)

2) During- coping skills to help you regulate your emotions while you are experiencing something that triggers your negative emotions (ex. breathing, drinking water, taking breaks, walking)

3) Right After- coping skills that help you to calm down or regulate after you have experienced something that triggers you (ex. physical movement, grounding tools, body scans, mindfulness practices, talking to a support person, music)

4) Ongoing/Regular- coping skills or self-care practices that help you to relax and regulate your emotions long-term (ex. meaningful activities that you enjoy, spending time with your support people, having time to yourself, sleeping well, exercise, mindfulness practices)

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