Some Mental Health Coping Skills to Use

Sometimes, we can’t control things that happen in our lives. Unfortunately, bad things happen that are beyond our control that can make things spiral out of control. Whether you’ve lost a job, a loved one, or are struggling with symptoms of mental health issues, uncontrollable life-altering problems can make it hard to cope with life. Therefore, leading to consequences like relationship issues, financial stress, and risky or inappropriate behaviors (unsafe sex, drug and alcohol abuse, etc.). When tragedy or uncontrollable issues in life occur, it can be helpful to know and utilize mental health coping skills. This way, you’re able to use these skills in order to manage your own behaviors and thought patterns that can lead to unhealthy behaviors.

Some constructive and helpful mental health coping skills include:

Surround Yourself With Support

Having a community of support, whether it’s friends, family, support from peers in the mental health recovery community, therapists, or a combination of these, is necessary when the going gets tough. Support allows people going through hard times and symptoms of mental health issues to vent without being judged. Thus, allowing them to process their emotions rather than bottling them in, is a healthy way of dealing with emotions, accepting them, and making room to move forward. Furthermore, having a good support system allows for encouragement and trust – providing a way to consistently maintain mental health goals. Good ways to get support include finding professional care with group therapy, supportive mental health networks, and reaching out to friends and family you trust.

Don’t Focus on the Things you Can’t Control

When we focus and worry about the things we can’t control, we add more pressure and stress to ourselves. Sometimes, in life, there are only so many things we can control. And, while this is unfortunate, accepting this truth and worrying about focusing only on the things we can change can be an effective mental health strategy. When we lessen our burden to the things we can control and change, we can let go of the things that are keeping us down that are out of our hands. While this is easier said than done, working on accepting things that are uncontrollable is a mindset that, while hard to achieve, can be a very great asset.

Don’t be too Hard on Yourself

It’s easy to get down on oneself when bad things happen in life. But, not everything is your fault. And, being hard on yourself will only make things worse. So, when you’re going through things, make sure that you’re kind to who you are and focus on your own needs. This can mean taking breaks when you feel rundown, making time to grieve, and participating in self-care activities like going outside, writing in a journal, eating healthy meals, and exercising. Taking care of yourself can put you in a better mental and physical health state so that you’re more prepared to face what life throws at you.

Reaching Out for Help

Finally, along with having the help of your friends and loved ones, getting professional assistance can help you work through the things that are happening in your life that may be affecting your mental health. Individual and group therapy sessions can allow you to uncover how you’re feeling, identify thought patterns that are leading to unhealthy behaviors, and learn even more coping skills that can assist with managing your life and emotions.

Southcoast Psychiatric Services offers outpatient mental health care services including counseling and treatment that help people dealing with mental health issues find lasting healing. Find out more about how we can help and our services today from our website.