6 Types of Coping Skills

Emotion-focused coping strategies are used to handle feelings of distress, rather than the actual problem situation.

Crisis Plan

A crisis plan is sometimes called a safety plan. You should make a plan before you are in crisis, but it is never too late to start. You may need someone to help you to make a crisis plan such as a friend or support worker.

Crisis Plan should include Contact info of support networks and resources, Contact Numbers for GP, Crisis Line, Support Worker, Trusted friend or family member phone number.

And when things get very difficult 111 or 999 or visit A&E


Taking your mind off of your problems or used to distract from triggers. Examples include, reading , Artwork or crafting, logic puzzles, crosswords, watch tv or a movie, dance or listen to music.

Emotional Awareness

Any tool used to identify and expressing your emotions.

Such as Journal keeping, creative writing, charts and art.


A Buddhist practice of learning to live in the moment. A very effective skill when used correctly.

Examples include meditation relaxations and grounding but practice is much more.

Opposite Action.

Doing something the opposite of your impulse that’s consistent with a more positive emothion.

Examples include being creative or watch something cheering or funny.


Self-comfort using 1 or more of the five senses.

  • Touch something soft or mailable
  • Listen to music or audio book
  • See Something, look at art work or nature.
  • Eat something ,treat yourself to something nice sweet or savoury.
  • Smell Something, smell flowers, perfume, incense candles etc

Trowbridge Service User Group Wednesday session 930 to 12 1st Monday of the month is a dedicated session for improving Coping Skills