A List of Coping Skills for Anger, Anxiety and Depression

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Being angry, anxious and depressed for a long time is not healthy. This mental state weakens not only the mind but the body as well. Coping strategies and skills are important so one can adopt and deal with difficult situations. However, not all have great coping strategies; some are helpful while others hurt.

When a person undergoes stress, the person usually does something to elevate that stress. This coping skill allows an individual to become more resilient when it comes to face any difficult situation. However not all of us have this ability. This is also why some of us are angry, anxious and depressed for a long time.

There are many ways in which you can handle your anger, anxiety and depression. To some people, it’s just a matter of conditioning one’s mind so they can overcome but there are also those that cope in a different way.

The Positive Ways to Cope

Dealing with stressors the positive way means diverting your attention into something useful. Many people I know that undergo stress turn their attention into something creative. Painting, drawing, listening to music, watching a feel-good movie or have a good laugh can help elevate stress. Some people go shopping while others clean their house to release tension. Talking to friends, spending time with family and playing with pets are also excellent ways to cope with stressors. When stress is too much, taking a time off is also a great way to divert your attention. Taking a vacation can help you relax and take your mind off things for a while.

While these are all great some people turn to exercise to release stress. Yelling, screaming or punching a pillow and punching bag may sound extreme but this has proven to be helpful too. Sleeping also helps the body to relax. Chocolates also help as they help release endorphins in the body which in return elevates your mood. In some cultures, meditation and prayers are also great ways to deal with stress.

The Negative Ways to Cope

While there are many positive ways to cope with stress, there are also negative ones that people do. These may not entirely help and will only cause more harm than solution. When the pressure builds up, some people turn to alcohol and alcohol for comfort. Some people blame others for their problems; they gloat, gossip, and deny anything good that will come out of their situation.  They also tend to be violent that at times they do not only commit harm to themselves but also to others. They are prone to committing self-harm, become suicidal or worse physically attack others. As a result they develop serious mental issues that eventually become their downfall.

Being depressed, angry and anxious is all part of our human nature. As much as we want to stay positive, there are always times when things don’t go as planned but that does not mean life has to end there. You see you have all the options to take whenever you are feeling anxious, depressed or angry. You can choose to wallow in the problem or move on and find ways to positively divert your attention. Yes, things may not always go our way but know that these things work together for good. All you need to do is to find that glimmer of hope and you will be alright. Remember that problems are not forever; it may feel like forever but know that it’s not going to be around for long! All you need is to take courage and face the challenge ahead. Good luck!

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