Positive coping skills worksheet

What is the theory behind the worksheet?

The following exercise is based on a CBT approach to emotional regulation. Emotion regulation describes how individuals influence which emotions they have, when they have them, and how they experience and express their feelings. This process can be automatic or controlled, conscious or unconscious, and may have effects at one or more points in the emotional production process (Gross, 2012).

How will the worksheet help?

The following worksheet will help you understand how your behavior is affected by emotions when you are in distress. Additionally, it will offer you a range of positive coping skills that might help you in the future (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984).

How to use the worksheet

Start by thinking about the last time you were really upset. Maybe someone else caused these feelings or perhaps it was something you did and it made you feel guilty or depressed.

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Gross, J. J. (2012). The Emerging Field of Emotion Regulation: An Integrative Review – James J. Gross, 1998. Review of General Psychology. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1037/1089-2680.2.3.271


‌Lazarus, R. S., & Folkman, S. (1984). Stress, appraisal, and coping. Springer publishing company.