Healthy Coping Skills
Unhealthy Coping Skills
Tell Me About You!
True/False
Self Care/Love
Anger
1

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

1

Name one example of an unhealthy coping skill.

- Avoiding Help

- Fighting

- Yelling at others

- Harming others or yourself

1

What is your favorite color?

?

1

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.

1

Tell me three ways to care for yourself

healthy eating 

good sleep schedule

speak nicely to yourself

surround yourself with positive people

1

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

deep breathing

going for a walk

talk about your feelings

2

Which of the coping skills below are unhealthy.

- Getting Fresh Air

- Talking to a Trusted Friend/Adult

- Destroying Property

- Eating Unhealthy Food

- Exercising

- Playing Sports

- Taking Feelings Out on Others

- Yelling at someone you don't like

2

What is a result of using unhealthy coping skills? 

- Lack of trust

- Distance and resentment 

- Frustration and tension 

2

Who is someone you can depend on?

?

2

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.)

2

Why is self love important?

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

2

True or False

Is anger a bad thing? 

False 

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

3

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.

3

How can unhealthy coping skills negatively affect our lives?

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

3

What do you like to do for fun? 

?

3

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.

3

Is positive self talk a way to show yourself love?

yes

3

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

Losing patience

Clenching fists

Sweating

Wanting to run or fight 


4

Tell me about a time you used a healthy coping skill in a situation?

Example: A classmate said things that hurt my feelings and I felt my body start to tense up. I left the situation and took 3 deep breaths so that I could calm down.

4

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?

No! 

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

4

What is your favorite memory?

?

4

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!

4

Tell me one positive sentence about 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

4

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

5

Name three things that you can journal about.

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

- Thoughts

- Favorite Activities 

- Goals 

- Future Events


5

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

Yes! 

Going on a walk and leaving the situation is a great way to reduce stress and calm down. 

5

What are you passionate about?

?

5

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.

5

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

a face mask

singing music i like

giving to others

spend time with a pet


5

Scenario

Jeff is mad that someone was rude to him at school. He feels like he is going to flip out what should Jeff do?


Grounding Exercise

  • Say the alphabet and numbers together (A-1, B-2, C-3, etc…)

  • Count by 7's 

 

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