16 Nov

16 November 2021

Positive coping skills when facing personal challenges

A coping skill or strategy is a reaction that is often involuntary, which a person may adopt subconsciously to deal with a recurring situation. Looking back a lot has happened as we all had to survive in a post-Covid world. Many of us have a lot of encounters to overcome hence adopting some coping mechanisms is a better way to deal with challenges.

Most coping skills are not adopted consciously. Most positive coping skills are honed and developed over time to become beneficial to the individual who is adopting them. There are several different categories of positive coping mechanisms that one can adopt. In today’s blog, UASA explains why it is essential that you develop a healthy coping mechanism for daily living, especially if you deal with one mental issue or the other.

Social or interpersonal coping skills

Science has proven that interpersonal relationships and social support go a long way to counteract the effects of stress on a person. Relating with friends and just unwinding goes a long way in helping a lot of people unwind from a stressful situation. Also, participation in social groups can help recognize the development of a disorder or a potential disorder.

For some people, a social coping skill may be as simple as having weekly dates with someone that they trust. Social interaction can be limited to one specific person or several people, mainly depending on the nature of the person who is applying these social and interpersonal skills. Other social and interpersonal coping mechanisms may include volunteering joining a book club, or even adopting and caring for a pet. Remember, the end goal here is to ensure that some form of interaction can be used to keep you out of your head.

Tension releasing coping skills

One of the most effective ways to distress is to be involved in one form of tension relieving activity or another. Stress may build up in individuals up to the point where they need an outlet to express their frustrations. In such a situation, some form of exercise that leaves the individual feeling exhausted and refreshed is usually a good tension reliever.

Finding and adopting a tension-relieving coping mechanism is personal to every person; there is no one-size-fits-all hack to this coping strategy. Since stress is not something that you can predict or hold back, it is essential to have a coping skill that can be applied anywhere. Most people develop short and long-term stress coping skills and techniques. One short-term tension coping skill that is easily adoptable by anyone is meditation. Taking a moment to calm your mind and focus on the here and now is a good strategy for letting go of stress.

Cognitive coping skills

Cognitive coping involves training the mind to identify negative emotions and stress-inducing situations. When an individual identifies negative patterns of thinking. These are patterns that often lead to feelings of hopelessness or despair. The purpose of this mental exercise is to help the individual fully identify the thought patterns, which may ultimately lead to negative emotions and bad feelings.

Praying and meditating

Connecting with your inner self or a higher prayer on a spiritual level is a great coping mechanism for many people. Focusing on the connection that you have with nature or with higher power can be enough to take your mind off all negative emotions, which may threaten to cloud it. There is an inner desire in every one of us to feel worthwhile and connected to the universe. By satisfying these needs, there is a calmness that exudes from within which helps you focus and gives you clarity. Sometimes all you need to deal with the stress of life is a little faith.

Ref: www.betterhelp.com www.uasa.org.za

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