Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act.
Coping is the ability where individuals learn to deal with difficult situations.
Coping skills or coping mechanisms are the conscious thoughts and behaviours used to deal with stressful situations.
What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?
Coping skills don’t necessarily remove stress or eradicate challenges, they are targeted to help people minimize, tolerate and deal with stressful situations that can trigger mental health illnesses.
The stress and coping theory focuses on how people manage the adverse effects of stress.
Living with a mental illness is a challenge many people face in their everyday life. It is a consistent problem without a clear solution.
Learning about healthy coping skills increases resilience by helping people learn and adjust properly to negative emotions and difficult situations that could trigger mental illness.
How Will This Worksheet Help You?
Effective coping skills can help improve mental and emotional well-being.
Emotion-focused coping skills help people manage their feelings in healthy ways especially if the situation is beyond their control.
Problem-focused coping skills help people change their situation by removing something that is stressful from their life.
How Should You Use This Worksheet?
This worksheet should be used as a way to deal with mental health challenges (anxiety, depression, anger, PTSD) and learn to take charge of your thoughts, feelings and actions in a more healthy and positive way.
Coping Skills Worksheet for Mental Health
- What does mental health mean to you?
- What are some of the negative emotions and thoughts you battle with?
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- How do you cope with your negative emotions and thoughts?
- How do you cope with your personal and professional problems?
- Identify ways in which you can eliminate stress from your life.
- How do you distract yourself from difficult situations or daily stressors?
- What are some of your unhealthy coping skills?
- Identify ways you can develop healthy coping skills for your mental and emotional well-being.
- Pros and Cons
A pros and cons list will help you make more healthy decisions when faced with stressful or difficult situations.
You can do this activity when faced with a challenging decision.
Healthy Place. (© 2022). Coping Skills for Mental Health and Wellbeing. Available at: https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/coping-skills-for-mental-health-and-wellbeing. [Accessed November 03, 2022]
Mental Health Therapy: 5 Best Coping Skills for Mental Health. (© 2022). Available at: https://www.rosehillcenter.org/mental-health-blog/5-best-coping-skills-for-mental-health/. [Accessed November 03, 2022]
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