Category Archives: Coping Skills

Irrational Beliefs Guide

Consider the following questions carefully. Reflectively answer each one briefly but completely regarding those people or things about which you are most emotionally disturbed. This assignment may be emotionally painful, but it may help you achieve needed insight so that … Continue reading

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Emotional Intelligence

I often work with groups using lists. In creative arts therapy as well as educational and process oriented groups lists are a great framework to explore thoughts, and/or feelings. Here is a list that often comes up in groups: ten … Continue reading

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Stress management strategy #6

Adopt a healthy lifestyle Adopt a healthy lifestyle You can increase your resistance to stress by strengthening your physical health.  Exercise regularly. Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Make time for at … Continue reading

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Stress Management Strategy #5

Make time for fun and relaxation Beyond a take-charge approach and a positive attitude, you can reduce stress in your life by nurturing yourself. If you regularly make time for fun and relaxation, you’ll be in a better place to … Continue reading

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Stress management strategy #4

Accept the things you can’t change Some sources of stress are unavoidable. You can’t prevent or change stressors such as the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or a national recession. In such cases, the best way to … Continue reading

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Stress management strategy #3

Adapt to the stressor If you can’t change the stressor, change yourself. You can adapt to stressful situations and regain your sense of control by changing your expectations and attitude. Reframe problems. Try to view stressful situations from a more … Continue reading

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Stress management strategy #2

Alter the situation If you can’t avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it. Figure out what you can do to change things so the problem doesn’t present itself in the future. Often, this involves changing the way you communicate … Continue reading

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