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Build coping skills for mental wellness

Published May 8, 2024

When life gets tough, it’s normal to feel frustrated or sad. It’s important to have positive coping skills to help yourself when negative feelings happen.

Coping skills are strategies or activities you can use to manage stress and emotions. They help you feel better physically, emotionally, and mentally. 

Everyone’s favorite coping skills are different. Some common coping skills include:

Problem solving skills

Learning how to identify and address problems can help you feel more in-control and less helpless.

Talking to a trusted friend or family member

Processing the situation with a friend or family member can provide validation and support. Often, just talking to someone about what you're going through can help.

Creative outlets

Engaging in creative activities can provide a sense of fulfillment and serve as a healthy distraction from stressors.

Self-care practices

Taking time for self-care activities can help you feel recharged and reduce stress. Ideas include spending time in nature, watching a favorite show or spending time with a hobby.

Overall, coping skills are important for mental wellness. It's important to explore and develop coping strategies that work best for you. 

If you feel professional support would help, Your Life Iowa is here. Call us at (855) 581-8111, text (855) 895-8398 or chat with us 24/7.