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A Parents List of Coping Skills

Have you ever heard the words coping skills? Or coping strategies? More often than not, people like to say these phrases to those in a stressful situation… BUT they never actually provide the person with the skills. Luckily, coping skills are easy. They are not like having math skills or communication skills, they are just things that YOU decide help you feel calmer. When you feel like your thoughts have taken over and you can no longer think straight, or when your house is noisy and you can feel the chaotic energy crawling through your skin, what do you need? Coping skills. Here is a list of some HEALTHY coping skills you can do during a global pandemic. You can always add your own, and I encourage you to do that, so they are geared towards something YOU like to do. I say health coping skills, because things like drinking, illegal drugs, or eating can lead to other health problems, and then I will need to create another group!

  1. Deep breathing- more to come on how to do this!
  2. Listen to music- either to yourself, or for all to hear!
  3. Talk with someone- or come to our Zoom Groups!!
  4. Limit caffeine- trick yourself and switch to decaf.
  5. Exercise- there are plenty of YOUTUBE videos out there, kid friendly too!
  6. Go for a walk- be mindful and aware of your senses!
  7. Take a nice drive- sometimes it is just nice for a change of scenery.
  8. Take a hot or cold shower- you will feel better!
  9. Dance- almost as if you are throwing in the towel of control! Dance Party with the kids.
  10. Meditate- there will be more to come on this!
  11. Play with your kids- they will love it, and it will get your mind onto something new.
  12. Bake- something the whole family will like!
  13. Watch a movie- make it a good one from the 90’s!
  14. Laugh- have you asked a 2nd grader to tell you a joke? Or Alexa?
  15. Clean the kitchen- this can make you feel better for many reasons.

The important thing to remember is to focus on the things that you can control. There are many things that are out of our control, that you cannot do anything about.

Focus on the things that you can and forget the rest.


"I am forever grateful to The Center for Suicide Awareness for allowing a platform to tell our daughter's story. Amanda was 26 when she died by suicide 13 years ago. Through the Center, I have been able to try to bring to light her struggles and keep her memory alive. Whether it be in person, one-on-one, large groups, oral or written, her story is very important to our family. She will always be our daughter and must not be forgotten."

~ J.R.

"As an educator, I have participated in professional development surrounding youth mental health on various occasions. I am also QPR (question, persuade, & refer) certified. Throughout these trainings, I have learned so much about the Center for Suicide Awareness and the hopeline they have created. I have the call-in and text-in number saved in my contacts and have personally used the text-in line myself during moments of high anxiety and stress. I also share the number to my students or to anyone who might need it. Please call or text in if you need help. They are there for you."

~ S.V.

"I believe I have been with the Center for Suicide Awareness for the past ten years helping in whatever I could do to make known to the public that the Center is here to give support to those lost a loved one to suicide. Having the experience of wanting to end my life because I no longer could bear the pain of depression. By the grace of God I did not complete my route to suicide. I was fortunate that my brain chemistry slowly began to stablize and was helped by a police sargeant who had experience with mental illnesses and helped me back to my family. Because of this experience, I have been able to help families what may have been happening in their loved ones' lives that caused them to consider suicide."

~ G.P.S.