There are bad coping skills that you could be using without noticing. Bad coping skills consist of:
- binging on food
- using drugs or drinking
- taking stress out on others
- sleeping to much
- depression or anger
Fortunately, there are great coping skills that you can acquire. You can change old habits. Never forget that! It can be hard at first but if you keep at it you can change them eventually. Good stress management skills include:
- doing something you love, like a fave hobby.
- engage socially.
- avoid future stress.
- change your thoughts and environment.
- accept things for what they are and look for the positive.
- take time for you. Everyone has to have me time.
- doing physical activities such as exercise, taking a walk, doing yoga. Yoga is especially effective for stress because it replenishes our bodies with oxygen which we lose when we are stressed. Hence, all the sighing you do when you are going through a situation.
It's like I tell people, yoga is our manual to life. It's not only for physical benefits but mentally and emotionally too. Yoga brings awareness. Each pose brings a feeling and sensation of what we are feeling. It let's us know what our body is saying to us and what our bodies feel like during a stressful situation. If you are not sure how to start and would like to start with yoga, you can always start with Asanas first. During yoga, we give ourselves and our minds a piece of ease. Yoga teaches us to flow with any situation, get rid of negativity, and learn to be happier where we are. Everyone has the ability to cope and stay calm. It is just a matter if you want to and if you allow yourself to.
Awareness, prana (oxygen), and meditation are the BEST skills to use to cope with stress because it is free and no prescription is required. It prepares us for what's next to come, how to deal with things, and keep an overall mind, body, and soul.