Practicing Healthy and Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms

Vanessa Cantu, Writer

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According to The Good Therapy Blog, “Coping mechanisms are the strategies people often use in the face of stress and/or trauma to help manage painful or difficult emotions. Coping mechanisms can help people adjust to stressful events while helping them maintain their emotional well-being.”

Are your coping mechanisms healthy or toxic ? You can find out by running down this list:

Coping strategies differ from person to person and depending on the situation. Here are some healthy coping strategies:

  • Meditation and relaxation- Taking some time alone exercises your mind.

  • Exercise- Movement helps you cope with high stress environment.

  • Spirituality- Go to a place that you feel comfortable.

  • Cleaning and organizing- being in a clean environment will help you feel accomplished.

  • Treat yourself- Take yourself out for a treat.

  • Skincare- you can never go wrong with a face mask invite a few friends to join you.

Some unhealthy coping mechanisms actually prolong your progress in dealing with stressful situations. The following coping mechanisms are harmful to mental and physical health :

  • Drugs

  • Binge drinking

  • Self harm

  • Ignoring or bottling up strong feelings

  • Self-blame or blaming others

  • Other destructive or addictive behaviors like shopping, binge eating, or gambling

Developing and practicing good coping mechanisms will allow us to work well in environments that might trigger stress or anxiety. When we invest in ourselves and we implement good coping skills in our life. We are working on ourselves allowing us to grow into a better person individually.