Negative vs. Positive Coping Skills
Negative Copers

Listed below are examples of negative coping skills. Circle those that apply to you.

Drugs:    Abuse prescribed or street drugs.
Abuse alcohol, coffee, or cigarettes.
 
Eating: Keep binging and/or purging.
Starve yourself.
Use food for consolation.
 
Illness: Develop headaches, or a major illness.
Become accident prone.
 
Denial: Pretend nothing's wrong.
Lie. Ignore the problem.
 
Withdrawal: Avoid the situation.
Keep your feelings to yourself.
 
Revenge: Get even.
Be sarcastic.
 
Worrying: Fret over things.
Imagine the worst.
 
Spending: Buy on impulse.
Spend lots of time shopping.
 
Stubbornness: Be rigid. Demand your way.
Refuse to be wrong.
 
Tantrums: Yell. Swear.
Pout. Mope.
 
Faultfinding: Judgemental attitude.
Complain. Criticize.
 
Passivity: Hope it gets better. Procrastinate.
Wait for a lucky break.

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   Positive Copers

Listed below are positive coping skills. Circle those that could help your negative copers.

Hobbies:    Paint. Write. Remodel.
Create something.
 
Work: Tackle a new project.
Keep busy. Volunteer.
 
Expression: Share feelings.
Express feelings through creative outlets.
 
Assertiveness: State your needs and wants.
Say no respectfully.
 
Networking: Develop friendships with others.
Make use of community resources.
 
Goal Setting: Set clear goals.
Plan for the future.
 
Time Management: Set priorities. Balance leisure and work.
Spend time and energy wisely.
 
Reframing: Change perspectives.
Look for good in a bad situation.
 
Exercise: Pursue physical fitness.
Jog. Swim. Dance. Walk.
 
Self Care: Take care of basic needs.
Shower. Rest. Eat healthy.
 
Relaxation: Tense and relax each muscle.
Breathe deeply. Take a warm bath.
 
Faith: Find purpose and meaning in life.
Pray. Meditate quietly.
Trust a Higher Power.

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