In our last blog, we defined what a coping mechanism is and discussed unhealthy ones. You can read the first blog here. Today we will share with you some healthy coping mechanisms your Birmingham therapist may teach you.

Healthy Coping Strategies

Coping in a healthy manner has many benefits. It can decrease stress. For some it increases their ability to function effectively through various circumstance. Healthy coping mechanisms are life skills that enhance your overall well-being. There are a multitude of healthy coping mechanisms you can choose from.

Consider Trying Something New

Engaging in something you enjoy not only provides a healthy diversion from your stressful circumstance, but it also creates a pathway for a feeling of fulfillment and pride in yourself. Some examples include painting, gardening, playing in a team sport, learning a musical instrument, or joining a social club such as a book club.

Be Optimistic

Find the silver lining in every circumstance. No matter how bad a situation is, there is always something positive you can find. Look for it. Focus on the good things. As you continually reroute your negative thoughts to positive ones, this will create a pathway that will help you more easily divert the negativity and decrease your stress levels.

Exercise

Physical activity is known to relieve stress, boost your mood, and improve your sleep. Find a way to get up and move and increase your heart rate. That’s all it takes to experience the benefits of exercise. Exercise is not only a great mental health asset but is also important for your general physical health as well.

Relax

Relaxing is more than just sitting on the couch watching TV. When we talk about relaxation as a healthy coping method, this includes activities such as yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, sitting in a quiet room with soft music, or a soak in the tub without distractions. Finding a quiet place to focus on just being still is an excellent way to decrease your stress levels and clear your mind. In turn, you are better equipped to face your stressful situation with clarity.

Need Help Learning Coping Mechanisms?

If you would like to learn some help learning healthy coping mechanisms for your particular situation, contact one of our  experienced therapists at Birmingham Anxiety & Trauma Center today by clicking here or call (205) 807-5372.