Stress in life can start to build up and begin impacting mental health. Positive coping is what you can do to help yourself relax and deal with the stresses of everyday life.

Let’s start by looking at what stress is. Stress has to do with how we look at a situation and how we think we will react. If we think it is going to be hard for us to handle then we define it as stressful. It may not be the situation itself that is stressful – different people can react completely differently to the same situation – stress is about how you react to the situation. Which is good to know because then you can start to understand your stress reaction and look at ways to help you deal with that reaction.

So what are some ways that you can help deal with that stress reaction?

  • Go for a walk
  • Play with a pet
  • Play loud music while doing housework
  • Write in a journal
  • Have a hot bath with candles
  • Listen to music
  • Dance like nobody’s watching
  • Go for coffee with a friend
  • Paint
  • Deep breathing
  • Watch a good movie
  • Do some creative writing
  • Laugh
  • Play sports! Soccer, baseball, basketball, whatever you enjoy or try something new!
  • Do crafts
  • Make a fabulous dinner
  • Phone a friend
  • Bake bread
  • Buy yourself flowers

For more ideas check out pictures of a Coping and Hope activity we did at the 2013 In-School WAYVE team training day!

So these ideas of dealing with or coping with stress can be helpful to get through things that we find difficult but sometimes things can build up to a point where what we are doing to cope with stress doesn’t seem to be helping. This is when it’s important for you to reach out and talk to someone you trust. Maybe that is a guidance counselor, your parents, your doctor, and the list goes on! By talking to someone you can get information about what you might be going through or get some ideas of new things to try when you are feeling overwhelmed by stuff that’s going on.

Looking for places to call? Check out our get help page for a list of ideas!