July is Social Wellness Month! To celebrate, we’re taking a look at what Social Wellness Month means for those in recovery, and how social wellness and coping skills can help prevent or lessen the effects of relapse.
Life happens on life’s terms; despite our choices, plans and commitments, life still has a tendency to catch us by surprise – this alone is reason to emphasize the importance of coping skills.
What Are Coping Skills?
Coping skills are what we use to try and deal with difficult situations or events that occur in our lives. Coping skills can either be positive (healthy) or negative (unhealthy). For many, addictive behaviors mean unhealthy coping skills, such as lying or using/abusing substances. Healthy coping skills are adaptive and help manage negative emotions, thoughts and situations.
There are numerous healthy coping strategies that can be utilized on a daily basis. Some of the most effective coping skills are:
- Deep controlled breathing
- Relaxations techniques, i.e. massage
- Visualization techniques
- Boundaries/Saying “No”
- Support Systems
Which positive coping skills have worked for you? Which coping skills have not worked for you?