Ways to Relieve Stress and/or Anxiety - Coping Responses

Common coping responses for stress

Positive coping responses:

  1. Listening to music.
  2. Playing with a pet.
  3. Laughing or crying.
  4. Going out with a friend. (shopping, movie, dining)
  5. Taking a bath or shower.
  6. Writing, painting, or other creative activity.
  7. Praying or going to church.
  8. Exercising or getting outdoors to enjoy nature.
  9. Discussing situations with a spouse or close friend.
  10. Gardening or making home repairs.
  11. Practicing deep breathing, meditation, or muscle relaxation.


Negative coping responses

  1. Criticizing yourself.
  2. Driving fast in a car.
  3. Chewing your fingernails.
  4. Becoming aggressive or violent.
  5. Eating too much or too little or drinking a lot of coffee.
  6. Smoking or chewing tobacco.
  7. Drinking alcohol.
  8. Yelling at your spouse, children, or friends.
  9. Taking a recreational drug to calm yourself.
  10. Avoiding social contact.