Coping Skills

Use coping skills that will help make you feel better.

  • Talk about your feelings with supportive friends or family.
  • Don't want to talk? Then express feelings through a creative outlet such as writing, or a physical outlet such as a workout.
  • Read a self-help book.
  • Focus on what you have and your accomplishments. Do not focus on what you wish you had.

Try viewing your past through a different lens.

  • You cannot change the past, but you can learn from it and move on.
  • Acknowledge past mistakes as that, past mistakes. Dwelling on the past does not change it or make it better; it can serve to keep you stuck in regret.  Instead, focus energy on correcting the mistakes.
  • Acknowledge both positive and negative aspects of your past experience, as they have shaped your current life.
  • Recognize that when you were a child, most decisions were made for you, such as what food you ate, the clothes you wore, and what was done for you. In the present, YOU are in charge of your choices!

Try different approaches to caring for yourself.  If something does not work, move on to something else.

  • Be aware of your feelings and how they affect you.
  • Take care of your body and inner self in healthy and respectful ways.
  • Recognize and avoid triggers in your life that lead to negative emotions; be ready with a plan to combat them.

Discussing problems with a neutral person sometimes helps bring clarity, find direction, and explore alternatives.

For further information or help, visit these suggested websites or visit the Student Health Center, Bldg 67B to request personal counseling. 

Live Your Life Well - tools to improve well-being

HealthCoach4Me - a virtual health coaching site

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