How Do You Cope With Stress?

How Do You Cope With Stress?

People have both positive and negative ways that they deal with stress. See how many you use—and how often. You might find new, positive ways to deal with stress more often. These tables are reprinted from
Wellness: Concepts and Applications.*

Positive ways to cope Often Rarely Not at all
Listen to music      
Go shopping with a friend      
Watch television, go to a movie      
Read a newspaper, magazine, book      
Sit alone in the peaceful outdoors      
Write prose or poetry      
Attend an athletic event, play, lecture, symphony      
Go for a walk or drive      
Exercise (swim, bike, jog)      
Get deeply involved in some other activity      
Play with a pet      
Take a nap      
Get outdoors, enjoy nature      
Write in a journal      
Practice deep breathing, meditation, autogenics, or muscle
Straighten up your desk or work area      
Take a bath or shower      
Do physical work (garden, paint)      
Make home repairs or refinish furniture      
Buy something (records, books)      
Play a game (chess, backgammon, video games)      
Pray, go to church      
Discuss situations with a spouse or close friend      
Negative ways to cope Often Rarely Not at all
Become aggressive      
Use negative self-talk      
Yell at spouse, kids, or friends      
Drink a lot of coffee or tea      
Get drunk      
Take a tranquilizing drug      
Avoid social contact with others      
Try to anticipate the worst possible outcomes      
Think about suicide      
Smoke tobacco      
Chew your fingernails      
Overeat or undereat      
Become irritable or short-tempered      
Cry excessively      
Kick something or throw something      
Drive fast in your car      

Scoring Instructions: Count the
number of positive and negative coping techniques you use.

of positive techniques: _______

Number of
negative techniques: _______

How often do you
use negative coping strategies? ____________________

you use more positive than negative strategies or the reverse? ________________________

Do you recognize a need to change some of the
techniques you are now using? If so, which ones? ___________________________________

What are some ways in which you can maximize your use of positive coping techniques? How can you minimize your negative ones? _______________

*Used with permission: Anspaugh DJ, et al. (2009).
Wellness: Concepts and Applications, 7th ed. © The
McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health

Current as ofDecember 7, 2017

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