Coping is how we respond to changes in our lives, and is our mind’s attempt to maintain emotional wellness. Certain coping mechanisms can be harmful, but many are helpful.
Helpful Coping Strategies
Helpful coping strategies include problem solving or out-come anticipation. These are great when a difficult situation arises. When you have a stress in your personal life, try relaxation methods, exercise, or confiding in a trusted friend or family member,
Harmful Coping Strategies
Denial, self-blame, and over-thinking all end up doing more harm than good. If you ever find yourself using a negative coping strategy, try to blamelessly redirect yourself to a more helpful strategy.
If you want help coping with a difficult situation in your life, you could stop into any of UHS’s Let’s Talk drop-in sessions. If you want to anonymously express your feelings, Badger SPILL is a peer-to-peer site where you can express your thoughts and another UW student will get back to you. If you want to schedule an individual meeting with a UHS counselor, call in for an access consultation to 608.265.5600, option 2 or schedule one via MyUHS.