100 Coping Strategies

Written by Kristin Tallackson, M.A., LPC (OH), LPC-Intern (TX)

1.     Take deep breaths 


2.     Do a positive activity 


3.     Play sports 


4.     Think of something funny 


5.     Take a quick walk 


6.     Practice yoga 


7.     Stand up and stretch 


8.     Listen to music 


9.     Take a time out 


10.  Slowly count to ten 


11.  Use positive self-talk 


12.  Say something kind to yourself 


13.  Talk to a friend 


14.  Talk to an adult 


15.  Close your eyes and relax 


16.  Say, “I can do this” 


17.  Visualize your favorite place 


18.  Think of something happy 


19.  Think of a pet you love 


20.  Think about someone you love 


21.  Get enough sleep 


22.  Eat a healthy snack 


23.  Read a good book 


24.  Set a goal 


25.  Jog in place 


26.  Write in a journal 


27.  Hum your favorite song 


28.  Doodle on paper 


29.  Draw a picture 


30.  Color a coloring page 


31.  Clean something 


32. Meditate


33. Use a stress ball


34. Dance


35. Write a letter


36. Look at pictures you’ve taken

37. Make a gratitude list


38. List your positive qualities


39. Do something kind


40. Give someone a hug


41. Put a puzzle together


42. Do something you love


43. Build something


44. Play with clay


45. Hug a stuffed animal


46. Rip paper into pieces

47. Play an instrument

48. Watch a good movie


49. Take pictures


50. Garden


51. Write a list


52. Keep a positive attitude


53. Schedule time for yourself

54. Blow bubbles


55. Write a positive note


56. Chew gum


57. Paint your nails


58. Write a story


59. Blog


60. Read a joke book


61. Write a poem


62. Drink cold water

63.  Draw cartoons 


64.  Read a magazine 


65.  Write a thank you note 


66.  Count to 100 


67.  Make a list for the future 


68.  Read inspirational quotes 


69.  Compliment yourself 


70.  Visualize a stop sign 


71.  Laugh 


72.  Smile in the mirror 


73.  Smile at others 


74.  Do schoolwork 


75.  Look at animal pictures 


76.  Hyperfocus on an object 


77.  Notice 5 things you can see 


78.  Paint with water colors 


79.  Use a relaxation app 


80.  Watch a funny video 


81.  Drink some tea 


82.  Cook or bake


83.   Plan a fun trip


84.  Use an I-statement


85.  Identify your emotions


86.  Express your feelings to someone


87.  Write down your thoughts


88.  Identify a positive thought


89.  Make your day’s schedule


90.  List 10 positives about you


91.  Ask yourself, “What do I need right now?”

92.  Tell someone you are thankful for them

93.  Pet an animal


94.  Make a list of choices


95.  Ask an adult for help


96.  Organize something


97.  Play a card game


98.  Listen to nature sounds


99.  Sit and relax all your muscles


100.        Ask for a break