Negative vs. Positive Coping Skills
Listed below are examples of negative coping skills. Circle those
that apply to you.
||Abuse prescribed or street drugs. |
Abuse alcohol, coffee, or cigarettes.
||Keep binging and/or purging. |
Use food for consolation.
||Develop headaches, or a major illness. |
Become accident prone.
||Pretend nothing's wrong. |
Lie. Ignore the problem.
||Avoid the situation. |
Keep your feelings to yourself.
||Get even. |
||Fret over things. |
Imagine the worst.
||Buy on impulse. |
Spend lots of time shopping.
||Be rigid. Demand your way. |
Refuse to be wrong.
||Yell. Swear. |
||Judgemental attitude. |
||Hope it gets better. Procrastinate. |
Wait for a lucky break.
Listed below are positive coping skills. Circle those that could help
your negative copers.
||Paint. Write. Remodel. |
||Tackle a new project. |
Keep busy. Volunteer.
||Share feelings. |
Express feelings through creative outlets.
||State your needs and wants. |
Say no respectfully.
||Develop friendships with others. |
Make use of community resources.
||Set clear goals. |
Plan for the future.
||Set priorities. Balance leisure and work. |
Spend time and energy wisely.
||Change perspectives. |
Look for good in a bad situation.
||Pursue physical fitness. |
Jog. Swim. Dance. Walk.
||Take care of basic needs. |
Shower. Rest. Eat healthy.
||Tense and relax each muscle. |
Breathe deeply. Take a warm bath.
||Find purpose and meaning in life. |
Pray. Meditate quietly.
Trust a Higher Power.