Teen Coping Skills

Teen Coping Skills


Looking for some healthy coping skills for your teen?  Following are some awesome ideas for things your teen can do whenever stressed or depressed.

  • Listen to music
  • Go for a walk
  • Take a warm bath or shower
  • Color
  • Draw a zentangle
  • Drink water
  • Meditate
  • Laugh, laugh, and then laugh some more
  • Watch a movie
  • Call a friend
  • Do some deep breathing
  • Work a puzzle
  • Read a book
  • Drink a cup of hot tea
  • Eat a piece of dark chocolate
  • Play a word game
  • Journal
  • Doodle
  • Pray
  • Sit in the sun for 5 – 10 minutes
  • Stretch or do a few yoga moves
  • Play with an animal
  • Write a letter
  • Blog
  • Read a magazine
  • Work on a vision board
  • Light a candle
  • Watch puppy, kitty, or laughing baby videos on YouTube
  • Be in a room with other people
  • Make a meal
  • Dance to fun music
  • Paint your nails
  • Give yourself a facial
  • Talk to someone you love
  • Look at pictures
  • Make a scrapbook
  • Blow bubbles
  • Play with play-doh
  • Sew, knit, or cross stitch
  • Create a gratitude list
  • Be creative–paint, draw, color, write

Whatever your teen does whenever stressed or depressed, encourage them to do it offline whenever possible.  The internet is full of interesting things, but much of what teens are exposed to online, especially via social media, can actually increase their stress.

Have a coping skills you want to share?  Additional suggestions are welcome!

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