Ways to Relieve Stress and/or Anxiety - Coping Responses
Common coping responses for stress
Positive coping responses:
- Listening to music.
- Playing with a pet.
- Laughing or crying.
- Going out with a friend. (shopping, movie, dining)
- Taking a bath or shower.
- Writing, painting, or other creative activity.
- Praying or going to church.
- Exercising or getting outdoors to enjoy nature.
- Discussing situations with a spouse or close friend.
- Gardening or making home repairs.
- Practicing deep breathing, meditation, or muscle relaxation.
Negative coping responses
- Criticizing yourself.
- Driving fast in a car.
- Chewing your fingernails.
- Becoming aggressive or violent.
- Eating too much or too little or drinking a lot of coffee.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco.
- Drinking alcohol.
- Yelling at your spouse, children, or friends.
- Taking a recreational drug to calm yourself.
- Avoiding social contact.
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