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.


   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.