Today we talked about Coping Skills in my Empowering Teen Girls Group and I wanted to share with you some ideas about what Coping Skills are and what they are NOT. You can watch the video here.
I think people get confused when someone asks them about Coping Skills.
I am going to talk a minute about what coping skills are and what they are not.
Because I often get this eye roll or people just shut down and say "It doesn't work". This happens across the board. Children-Teens-Adults alike.
So what are coping skills?
These are skills you use to help yourself be in control. They can be calming like a bubble bath- a walk- or soft music. Or they can be uplifting like your favorite song to sing to loudly in the car (one of my favorite things to do after a long hard day) or being creative with paint or drawing-hanging out with friends and socializing.
Coping skills should be Healthy Activities you enjoy that you can kind of lose yourself in the moment.
What coping skills are not---
They are not a one time fix all solution. They are not a magic pill to take away all your problems. They won't do anything to take away your problem! You still will have to deal with whatever is causing your stress at some point, but coping skills help you manage your emotions and actions around that stress.
I hope this makes sense and helps you understand the importance of having coping skills. I will jump back on here next week to give you an example of how I use coping skills to manage stress in my own life. Because guess what, I need them too!
If you want more information about coping skills, you can visit my website by clicking on the link in this post. Have a great day!