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Popular Coping Methods

Below is a list of suggested coping activities. For additional support and ideas, please call an advocate at (262) 334-7298.


  • Feeling Angry; Exercise, Knead bread dough or Play-Doh, Throw ice at a hard surface so they shatter, Write feelings on rocks and throw into a river.

  • Feeling Sad; Watch a funny movie or show,  Do a good deed, Treat Yourself.

  • Feeling Lonely; Listen to music and sign along, Draw or color, Connect with friends or people watch, Play with your kids or pets.

  • Feeling Overwhelmed; Focus on a obtainable task such as cleaning a room, alphabetizing books, turn off technology, Breathe deeply, Read something light and fun.

  • Feeling Tired; Take a walk, Eat healthy, Dance, Take a short nap.

  • Feeling Disassociated; Squeeze ice cubes, Eat spicy food, Take deep breaths and notice how your body feels.

Journaling can be a helpful way to cope. Journal about what you are thinking or feeling or it may be more helpful to journal about a completely different subject. There is no wrong way to journal. Here are some popular journal prompts to help you get started. 

  • What is the best gift you have ever received and/or given?

  • Write about your favorite things. What is their significance or meaning to you?

  • What is your dream job, house, vacation, or ... 

  • What or Who inspires you? Why?

  • Endless Possibilities; Time travel (where and when)?, What would you do if you won the lottery? What three wishes would request from a Genie?

  • What is important to you? What is your favorite quality about yourself? What is the best decision you ever made?

  • What is your happiest memory? What does forgiveness mean to you? What makes you feel hopeful?

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