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Lesson 6 | Healthy Coping Mechanisms

In a lot of cases we'll go through difficult times alone. Ideally we'll have someone supportive right by our side when we're feeling down. However, that's not always the case. In these situations when we're on our own we need to have healthy coping mechanisms. Over the years I've developed a few easy healthy coping mechanisms that usually get me out of a funk.

  • Listen To Music

This one may be the obvious choice, but it's also one of the most effective. Music makes us feel. It truly guides our emotions. Whether we're listening to upbeat Hip-Hop that makes us want to dance, or 90's R&B that makes us want to hold our loved ones close, music boosts those emotions. It affects our brains in ways that no other form of communication can. Listening to your favorite song is definitely a great way to boost your mood.

( https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2008-14595-007 )


I know not all of us enjoy writing. However it is an extremely effective mechanism to get through difficult emotions. Many times we can't verbally form the words to describe how we feel. In all honesty it just feels awkward to talk about how we're feeling sometimes. Thankfully writing is a great alternative. It's much more private and personal since you don't have to worry about anyone hearing you speak those thoughts that you might feel embarrassing. It's proven the writing in a journal is a great way to clear your mind. It reduces anxiety and gets those negative thoughts out of your head.

( https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/journaling_to_reduce_stress )

  • Exercise(If you're physically able)

I'll admit, this is one of the more difficult coping mechanisms. But, it is extremely helpful and rewarding. I know many of us don't exercise regularly, or have fears of the gym. However, the gym isn't the only place where you can exercise. Doing a few push-ups and sit-ups in your room can drastically improve how you feel. When you exercise you're boosting your heart rate which causes you to release endorphins. When you release endorphins its like relieving stress. Exercise can reduce anxiety, stress, depression, and a lot more.

( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1470658/ )

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