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Coping strategies

Coping Strategies

When it comes to coping in difficult times, we all have a number of ways we keep ourselves propped up. These can be positive or negative, and usually we have a mixture of both. Take a look through the following list and see which strategies you tend to use.

Positive:

  • Humour
  • Exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness, staying in the present moment
  • Playing, having fun
  • Taking a bath
  • Reducing expectations on yourself and others
  • Being grateful for what’s still good in our lives
  • Being creative, enjoying hobbies
  • Enjoyable distractions such as music, books or films
  • Prayer, connecting to your faith
  • Taking time out for yourself and others
  • Spending time in nature
  • Adjusting your work-life balance and renegotiating your responsibilities or priorities
  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Having things to look forward to, no matter how small
  • Connecting with supports such as friends, family, counselling etc

Negative:

  • Binge eating or drinking
  • Over-spending to make yourself feel better
  • Taking drugs
  • Excessive TV, social media or news consumption
  • Venting negative emotions
  • Blaming yourself or others for what is beyond your control
  • Over-work

Case Study

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This short video from Mind Tools gives you further strategies for coping with uncertainty.