40 coping skills for stressed out adults
Coping skills are those things we do to manage stress and anxiety. Sometimes they help us and sometimes they don’t. The trick is to find strategies that not only help you cope with a crisis, but carry you to through it as well.
I’ve published a list of 40 coping skills that work well with kids already. While some of these are great for adults, I thought it was worth putting together a list of more grown up ideas.
This list is a follow on to my article on making the most of a midlife crisis. Part of the process of redefining myself has been working out some new coping strategies for this stage of my life. You’ll find plenty of them listed below, so trust me, they work!
“It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.”
- Go stargazing
- Paint a wall
- Watch some funny animal clips
- Take some deep breaths and listen to the sound it makes
- Write a letter
- Declutter a room
- Do a workout
- Listen to an inspiring podcast
- Plan your all-time best holiday ever
- Phone an aunt or cousin
- Get a massage
- Play an instrument
- Clean out your wardrobe and give what you don’t want to charity
- Write a card to a friend
- Do a mindless chore
- Buy a bunch of flowers
- Watch some videos to start a new hobby
- Squeeze a stress ball
- Do some gardening
- Call a friend
- Give someone a hand
- Start a puzzle
- Do some stretching or join a class
- Watch a movie
- Write your thoughts in a journal
- Do a crossword or wordsearch
- Cook something to share
- Light a scented candle and watch the flame dance
- Head to the beach, the mountains or a national park
- Listen to a mindfulness app, like Smiling Minds
- Get a facial or manicure
- Visit a museum or gallery
Of course, this is just the start of what you could do. Coping strategies are endless, and it’s about finding the ones that work for you.
Do you have some other ideas? I’d love you to share them below so we can all give them a try. Thanks!