15 Coping Techniques for Kids


Coping Skills for Kids

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What are Coping Skills?

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25 Amazing COPING SKILLS Everyone Needs

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Coping Skills for Kids

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A to Z of coping strategies

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Whether your child enjoys painting with watercolors, coloring in a coloring book, doodling, sculpting with clay, or creating a collage, creating art can be an excellent coping strategy. Make sure you have plenty of art supplies on hand if this strategy works for your child. 15 of the Best Coping Mechanisms for Kids.

1. Deep breathing using bubbles. 2. Remember the words to a song you love. 3. Calming jar. 4. Play with a pet. 5. Create a music playlist.

15 Coping Strategies for Kids. Place Category: Stress & Coping Place Tags: youth. Profile Website.

Kids experience a vast array of feelings, just as adults do. They can feel bored, anxious, sad, disappointed, embarrassed, and scared—to name a few. Kids need to learn skills to manage their emotions in a healthy way.

All of this said, we can break down coping skills for kids into different types of coping strategies that can be added to a coping toolbox: Physicalexercise, movement, brain breaks, heavy work are some examples. Physical coping strategies might include pounding a pillow in frustration, using a fidget toy, running, yoga. How to Cope with an Anxious Child. 1. DO WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOUR CHILD. Some kids like to talk about the things that worry them ad nauseam, whereas others become more upset when 2. BE EMPATHETIC AND REASSURING.

One of the worst parts about experiencing anxiety, particularly when you’re a young. Growing up, I never was taught as a kid healthy coping strategies to deal with my emotions. But in therapy, I have learned valuable skills that have helped me with my own parenting and mental health, and also helped me teach my kids. Kids have big emotions (just like we do as adults). 18 Coping Skills: Strategies for Children and Teens Coping skills have been a pretty popular topic for discussion over on The Helpful Counselor Facebook Page. So many great ideas were shared that I thought it would be good to write a coping skills blog post to have them in one place. ��.

Janine Halloran is the Author of The Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, with over 75 coping skills to help kids learn to deal with stress, anger and anxiety. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of experience and is a mom of 2 elementary school age children. Children need to learn how to tolerate their feelings of anxiety and to develop coping strategies to manage it. All kids are different and what works well for one child might not work for another. Learning to manage symptoms of anxiety and cope with triggers takes time and practice.

Here’s a collection of the best tools and tips to teach children how to manage their anger in safe and healthy ways. Let’s start with some quick, safe ways to help kids express those feelings. Quick Ways to Help Kids Express Their Anger.

Rip paper. Pop bubble wrap. Squish playdough.

Wrap your arms around yourself and squeeze. Write a letter to someone.

List of related literature:

Effective coping strategies, including seeking social support, managing conditionYrelated stressors, and developing good social skills, help children with chronic conditions reduce the likelihood of developing behavioral problems (Meijer et al., 2002).

“Primary Care of the Child With a Chronic Condition E-Book” by Patricia Jackson Allen, Judith A. Vessey, Naomi Schapiro
from Primary Care of the Child With a Chronic Condition E-Book
by Patricia Jackson Allen, Judith A. Vessey, Naomi Schapiro
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Nonpharmacologic approaches that support self-control and enhanced coping strategies might be useful (see Chapters 46 and 50) and would include relaxation–mental imagery, cognitivebehavioral therapy, creative expression, family counseling, and parent guidance.

“Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics E-Book” by William B. Carey, Allen C. Crocker, Ellen Roy Elias, Heidi M. Feldman, William L. Coleman
from Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics E-Book
by William B. Carey, Allen C. Crocker, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Coping strategies are learned, and children build on previous successful experiences in coping with environmental expectations.194 All children experience stress when faced with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges.

“Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents E-Book” by Jane Case-Smith, Jane Clifford O'Brien
from Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents E-Book
by Jane Case-Smith, Jane Clifford O’Brien
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

use less effective coping strategies, such as avoidance [37,66, 67], but another study found no differences in the coping strategies or social support of healthy children and those with IBD [7].

“Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease” by Petar Mamula, Andrew B. Grossman, Robert N. Baldassano, Judith R. Kelsen, Jonathan E. Markowitz
from Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
by Petar Mamula, Andrew B. Grossman, et. al.
Springer International Publishing, 2017

Child Coping Strategies: Ill children have been shown to successfully develop their own coping strategies (Sposito et al., 2015).

“Interpersonal Relationships E-Book: Professional Communication Skills for Nurses” by Elizabeth C. Arnold, Kathleen Underman Boggs
from Interpersonal Relationships E-Book: Professional Communication Skills for Nurses
by Elizabeth C. Arnold, Kathleen Underman Boggs
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

For those children who need help developing healthy coping skills, this technique provides a way to give them a sense of control in a fun, nonthreatening, and concrete manner; it is also a lifelong skill, which can greatly increase their physical and mental health.

“101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques” by Heidi Kaduson, Charles Schaefer
from 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques
by Heidi Kaduson, Charles Schaefer
Jason Aronson, Incorporated, 2010

One strategy in particular that has proven very helpful to children and also young adolescents is to use a continuum as I did with a 9-year-old who was convinced that her mother would get into a car accident and die, which was resulting in a great deal of anxiety.

“REBT with Diverse Client Problems and Populations” by Windy Dryden, Michael E. Bernard
from REBT with Diverse Client Problems and Populations
by Windy Dryden, Michael E. Bernard
Springer International Publishing, 2019

To create a therapeutic relationship based on trust, safety, and acceptance, a non-directive or child-centered approach during the first few sessions with the child is useful.39 The therapist provides several games,

“Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care E-Book: Expert Consult Premium Edition” by Joanne Wolfe, Pamela Hinds, Barbara Sourkes
from Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care E-Book: Expert Consult Premium Edition
by Joanne Wolfe, Pamela Hinds, Barbara Sourkes
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Children should be asked about the coping strategies they spontaneously use and the effectiveness of these.

“The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach” by Alan Carr
from The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach
by Alan Carr
Taylor & Francis, 2015

As these coping strategies are identified, they should be written on a board, and members should be encouraged to relate their personal experiences.

“Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults” by Carol A. Miller
from Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults
by Carol A. Miller
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

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  • I do so many of these and they really do help me manage the stress from my health conditions. The 25th one for me would be having a ‘spa night’ which includes a foot spa, painting nails, facemask, candles, snacks and a movie. I try to do this once a week if I can.

  • This is being Posted to provide ENCOURAGEMENT….
    Article: Coping with your New Self Quarantine, Social Distancing, and Stay at Home State Directive-Order

    Due to the Fact that the Corona Virus Pandemic Outbreak, many families are staying in for very long periods of time. These families, and individuals are finding themselves having to readjust their Lifestyles, normal routines, schedules, itineraries, and are juggling many other responsibilities.

    While many States in America, and in countries abroad have implemented Stay at Home Directive-Orders, and Socal Distancing measures, while others are medically, or voluntarily self quarantining themselves as precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the Corona Virus.(Covid 19 virus)
    Many people are now out of work, unemployed, and employment opportunities that were available 2 weeks ago are no longer exists or available due to many businesses being closed and only essential businesses are open during Stay at Home Directive-Order.

    While others are working from home, and schools are closed, thus many people, and families are facing many new challenges as these families are staying in at home every day.

    For most families both parents and children are all staying in for a unexpected unscheduled, unplanned vacation at Home.

    Moreover, what makes this an especially difficult time, and very unfortunate, unusual set of circumstances is that many of the former forms of recreation simply are not available, due to the fact that the option of various places to patron are no longer available currently.

    Additionally, while many nonessential businesses are closed, and social Distancing, Stay at Home Directive-Order, Self Quarantining measures are taking place many individuals and families may feel stressed, and overwhelmed.

    I would like to Encourage these individuals and families that may be experiencing these issues to remain Focused.
    Be Careful NOT TO ALLOW these difficult, and Challenging circunstances to derail, deter, or undermine your relationships with your family, friends, loved ones.
    Please Be patient, kind
    respectful, considerate.
    It is especially important to retain your motivation despite all the ongoing difficulties taking place.

    Please remain Focused, please know that this is a unexpected yet temporary set of circumstances, and we can All make it through this….

    Here are some simple and practical suggestions that may help.

    Try watching family favorite movies together.

    Try working together as a team.
    Try cleaning, and organizing, and completing other household chores together.
    Try playing various games together, like checkers, cards, chess, and other board games, you may want to consider creating art, or drawing together..

    Appreciate everyone’s individual talents, and abilities.
    Be flexible with one another, due to prior, and previous work schedules, routines, you will have to readjust, amend, and rearrange many of your activities.
    This takes time getting use too new schedule,. Not working, or working at home.
    Children may not be used to both parents being home every single day, all day.

    Beware of any potential brewing sqaubbles, or arguments

    Stay calm, and try to remain calm… take a few deep breaths and try to refocus on the importance of working on these issues together.

    In addition, try not to go stir crazy while staying indoors, take time to sit outside on your fromt porch or backyard, sit on the deck, if you have one, allow for everyone to have some personal time.
    Please kids be patient with Dad
    Please kids be patient with Mom
    Dad be patient with your spouse
    Mom be patient with your spouse
    Parents be patient with your children.

    Friends be patient with your Friends.

    Families be patient with your Family
    Roommates be patient with your roommates

    Everyone be patient with everyone

    We must NOT give Up, the is NOT a Option.

    Please be patient, and practice patience with each other, your family, friends loved ones, roommates, and everyone.

    I know that it’s not easy and may be a bit overwhelming, Remember that this is not forever, and while you are Coping with your New Self Quarantine, Social Distancing, and Stay at Home State Directive-Order

    Remember there are some people who have no one else to help and absolutely no where to go, nothing at all.

    You are all in my Prayers
    We will get through this together…
    Don’t Give Up.. Not a Option…
    We Will NOT ALLOW
    COVIN 19 virus to stay or win.
    I am personally experiencing some very unfair and difficult circumstances currently, therefore I fully understand, and I Encourage Everyone to stay focused, positive, and PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP!!!

    Written by Advocate of Humanity, Author, Jason Sandifer,
    Written on 3/25/2020,
    Posted on 3/27/2020, 3/28/2020

  • 25. Take a hot bath with lavender. 26. Go for a swim in ice cold water. 27. Deep intentional diaphragm-based breath work. 28. Skin care / oral care. 29. Drink a kombucha instead of a glass of wine. 30. Cuddle a dog / cat. 31. Go to a park and people watch. 32. Chug water. 33. Go somewhere you’ve never been before (even if its just nearby). 34. Eat something healthy. 35. Take some vitamins. 36. Write a gratitude list. 37. Ask someone else what they are grateful for 38. Learn something new.

  • One of my favorite distraction techniques is the five senses activity. Just really sitting still and picking five things in your environment you can see, five things you can feel, five things you can hear. It really helps take my mind out of the situation and get my adrenaline back down by focusing on something completely unrelated.

  • I’m training to be a counsellor as well and I find that working on my physiology really helps me to cope with stress. So pushing my body with things like cold showers allows me to cope much better with what the client brings up.

  • These are so meditative. I can definitely get started with this while working on breathing exercises. My favorite is actually following an exercise instructor—like yoga or lifting.

  • One of 25 coping skills “… escape the world that you’r in and live in more happy one”. Like what all nolifers always do. Is escapism like a legit mental health improving technique? But what do you do if you are stuck doing it all the time?

  • Thank you so much for your helpful tips and I will definitely take heed to them. I have already been doing most of what you have mentioned but what helps me during the day is listening to either my favorite stand up comedian(s) on Pandora or listening to nature sounds on Pandora. I.e. ocean waves, rain, thunder & lightening…it helps sooth my anxiety for sure. You’re definitely right about the action techniques: cleaning, walking..it’s so helpful especially during this moment in time an extra layer of anxiety. All the best and I have certainly subscribed to your channel. <3

  • i get anxious when going to bed and sleeping. and i have a stuffed animal, well i have two but i switch off. and it really does make me relaxed. but i also get anxious when i’m in a public setting and there are a lot of people, and it’s even worse if i’ve never been there before. but i don’t think it’s socially acceptable for a 17 year old 5’10 girl to carry around a stuff animal��. so i’m trying to find “subtle” ways for me to calm down. and yea i know an almost adult using a stuff animal to help her calm down like she’s 7 is kind of immature i guess. but it really is the only thing that works.

  • Im struggling with being distracted 24/7 i mean its awesome bc i dont have to deal w anything but i doubt thats healthy long term. I am trying to be sober and thats great for sure but netflix/youtube/socialmedia/etc etc still are very much available thanks for doing 2 categories so i can choose some of the 2nd one

  • Katie, I have a question, I always snap at the littlest thing. I can never calm down. Coping skills do not help. At least in that moment. Have any suggestions?

  • painting my nail was a huge thing for me, I would spent 1 hour and all I’d think about was shape, colors a patters.
    males should give it a shot too, u don’t have to use colors!:)
    (or just wipe it off afterwards, or use swatches)

  • Today is a very sad Thursday for me as my sweet cousin passed away today so I’m hoping this video can help me, thanks for posting it!

  • Stoicism is my best coping mechanism. Reflecting on sayings from stoic philosophers gets me out of stress and brings peace of mind. Gives me mental clarity and positivity.

  • I have used Harry Potter as one of my coping skills for years and still do!! Reading really helps me!! Thank you for making this list I’m writing it down!!

  • 1. Going for a walk(distraction)
    2. Painting your nails(distraction)
    3. Blowing bubbles
    4. Read/ listen to a book(good outlet/ escape)
    5. Exercise(consult your doctor!!)
    6. Deep breathing/ breathing techniques(relaxation)
    7. Watching your fav show/ movie/ tv series(outlet/ distraction)
    8. Draw/ doodle
    9. Color
    10. Do a crossword puzzle, any puzzle
    11. Writing positive quotes and put them around the house(writing and seeing them will make your mood better)
    12. Cleaning(great distraction)
    13. Playing music/ creating new playlists(processing, getting it out of your head)
    14. Write a friend a nice card(nice because it helps you focus on positive things)
    15. Call or text a friend
    16. Impulse logs
    17. Feeling charts
    18. Journaling
    19. making collages
    20. Write 2-3 things you like about yourself in your situation
    21. Talk to a therapist
    22. Take stock of how emotions make you feel physically(example; do you feel tight while feeling a certain way)
    23. Write a letter to younger/ older self
    24. Write letters to whatever is making you upset(helps get it out, not sending helps us express without lashing out)
    25. come up with your favorite coping mechanism!!

  • My number 25 is baking. Creating something and immediately receiving the feedback that it was successful (by eating the baked good) of course not good if you struggle with eating disorders, body issues, etc. Just works for me:)

  • Doctors want to give me suboxine or methadone or sleeping pills or adderall. I went to a counselor and they were like if you don’t want meds what do you need? I need help to deal with life without the help of meds!

  • Very informative video. I work in my yard and plant flowers and do landscaping. Making a nice place to live and view is satisfying to me. I get a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.This keeps my mind focused on something other than what’s going on in the world. Helps me stay less stressed and less anxious. It’s self rewarding to me.

  • A Be active

    B. Breathe

    C. create

    D. distract

    E. Exercise

    F. Friends and Family

    G. Goal setting

    H. helpline

    I. Ice

    J. joke

    K. keep a scrapbook

    L. list 3 things you can hear and see

    M. music

    N. nurture

    O. organize

    P. pets

    Q. quiet time

    R. relax

    S. support networks

    T. try something new

    U. use your talents and strengths

    V. visualize

    W. write it down

    X. Xbox

    Y. you can do it

    Z. sleep on it

    You’re welcome

  • I am strugling with depresion, tried writing things down to my future and past self before eaven finishing the video, i have writen for the past hour and found it highly productive and calming.
    Thank you!!!

  • I third the “Positive messages” but at the end, they made me feel worse as I saw them as lies. Maybe I was not writing the right messags.

  • Instead of melting down I watched this video and you talked me down and out and now i feel I’m ready to do some coping skills and not self harm or do impulsive stuff! Thank you!

  • I write fanfiction, (I know I know) I can just express my emotions in the third person and makes it a little easier than saying “I felt ashamed…”

  • Great content Kati! Well done! I just started a channel on mental health tips and tools, if you’d ever want to collaborate, let me know ❤️❤️ @ The Peace Pals…

  • Does anyone have an idea for a coping skill that can be used at family gatherings (specifically at the dinner table) that won’t draw unwanted attention? I tried the breathing technique before, but more often than not, I’ll spend so much time focusing on my breath that I’ve completely lost track on what’s going on around me.
    I have high functioning autism, and from the time I was very little, my only way to cope was by spacing out. But as an adult, it’s not exactly acceptable to be spacing out in the presence of others.
    I get overstimulated very easily, so what often happens, if I’m not allowed to space out, I’ll have to excuse myself to the restroom and focus on “silence”, so I don’t accidentally start crying in front of everyone.

  • 25th suggestion: Taking a bath with relaxing essential oils! (If you have one) It’s calming and warming, and the self care makes you feel luxurious and worth it

  • this may sound strange but to calm myself down i feed my dog Coconut Oil because it has a texture of peanut butter to a dog and he eats it like peanut buter and its so cute

  • This may be old news, but your new camera and background look great! I’m in Grad school to become an MFT, and your videos have been really helpful. I come from the TV world, so I really appreciate your commitment to production value.

  • Think of a song. Look it up on YouTube. While it plays, scroll through the recommendations on the side and click the weirdest option you find. Repeat.

  • I watch one of your videos you make me feel much better because you make me feel like I’m not alone in the way I feel and I can be myself knowing other people the same way I,I do take a bath if in really bad panic attack Epson salt is really cheap and trough in some bubbles like you said to watch them grow and pop, put on sounds of rain or ocean, watch video fireplace tv or any screen and turn off lights

  • 25. Labeling thoughts. If I’m in a dark space it helps me to think in my head “I’m having the thought that…” It puts some space between me and the thought. Turning, for example, “I’m worthless” into “I’m having the thought that I’m worthless”.

  • Things that make me smile sheet

    At my old job, which was rather stressful, I MariKondo’d my work binder. I took a sheet of paper and drew a bunch of little doodles representing things that made me smile, a collection of sparks of joy that fit right in with my work stuff. Little things, big things, happy memories of people I missed, abstract things. So every day I opened up my binder and that was the first thing I saw.

  • I like to do a mindless repetitive craft like crochet or knitting. It’s almost meditative doing the same stitch over and over. But at the end I have a beautiful afghan or a colorful scarf.

  • I simply do physical activity I enjoy. I usually skate, work out, or practice lacrosse while listening to music. It works really well for me. I feel like the physical activity helps me focus on the trick I’m trying to get cleanly, the increase in strength, or the amount of reps im trying to get in rather than whatever is hurting me physiologically. The music really helps me focus on whatever I’m trying to do instead. I like these a lot because I can focus on the progression I’m making and be excited to make more progression rather than sad, mad, irritated, empty, or whatever else I’m stuck feeling outside of doing these physical activities.