Wachusett Wellness Newsletter
THEME OF THE MONTH: HEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES
- Jean Chatzky
DID YOU KNOW?!
Coping skills get us through tough times and can increase our tolerance toward stressful situations. By adding tools to our "coping skill toolbox" we're able to have several strategies on hand to practice in order to help us feel better physically and psychologically!
POSITIVE VS. NEGATIVE COPING STRATEGIES
- See the Mountaineer Challenge of the Month for examples of healthy coping strategies!
Negative or Unhealthy Coping Strategies - are ways of dealing with your stress or anxiety that may cause more harm than good. Using negative strategies can make your stress worse or create other problems for you in the long run.
- Examples - Avoiding Others, Ignoring Your Stress, Acting Out, Engaging in Dangerous Behavior, Using Substances, or Working Too Much
MOUNTAINEER CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH:
INSTEAD OF NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS, TRY THIS!
Come up with one want, one need, one thing to share, and one thing you plan to succeed at in 2021!
- Want— Finish the sentence "This year I want to try________." It doesn’t just have to be trying something new but doing something out of your comfort zone, or committing to doing something you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t made the time to.
- Need— Finish the sentence "This year I need to ___________." It could be something you need to learn or feel you need to gain in order to grow as a person (more patience, better habits, etc.) rather than a material item or thing.
- Share– Finish the sentence "This year I want to share ___________." It could be a talent or skill you want to share with the world, your neighborhood, or your school and community… It can be as simple as kindness to something tangible like a new recipe you came up with during quarantine!
- Succeed – Finish the sentence "This year I want to succeed at___________." Coming up with a specific goal/s you have for yourself that are realistic and attainable over the next year, such as studying harder in school or finding more healthy coping strategies!
Worksheet below created by Mari Hernandez-Tuten