According to Sydney Youngerman-Cole, RN, BSN, RNC and Katy E. Magee, MA, “Many mental health problems begin when physical stress or emotional stress triggers chemical changes in your brain. The goal of treatment and prevention is to reduce stress and restore normal chemical processes in your brian.”
Coping skills are methods a person uses to deal with stressful situations. Obtaining and maintaining good coping skills does take practice. However utilizing these skills becomes easier over time. Most importantly, good coping skills make for good mental health wellness.
Within our teens in recovery time at Inspirations for Youth and Families, clients are taught many coping skills that promote a continuously sober life. These coping skills are brought to their attention the minute the teens enter the program and have shown to have tremendous effects after they leave our program and maintain their lifetime recovery.
Some of our teen’s favorite coping skills:
Take a deep breath
“While I was in rehab I learned many coping skills. One skill I recommend is deep breathing, just take a second to take a deep breath and isolate yourself from the situation. About six out of 10 times it will work because deep breathing naturally calms you down especially when you practice using it as a coping skill.” – Roger S
“My favorite coping skill is to walk away from the problem and meditate or breathe. Meditating helps slow your heart rate down and by walking away from the problem makes it easier to meditate. When I meditate it just doesn’t slow my heart rate down but it makes your body feel 100%. After you meditate it will calm you down and be able to discuss the problem like two adults. When you walk away from the problem you have to suck up your pride and walk away instead of fighting with them.” – Hunter D.
One skill I recommend is deep breathing, just take a second to take a deep breath and isolate yourself from the situation
What the experts say
Practicing deep breathing techniques, the relaxation response, or progressive muscle relaxation are ways to help reduce stress and induce relaxation.
Teaching teens these skills helps them to maintain their newly sober lives at home. These skills are also easily transferable into school, life and the working world. We pride our program on also teaching teens in addiction recovery to think independently, handle responsibility and be accountable for all their actions. In combination with their therapy and sober activities teens learn that there are unlimited ways to enjoy life without abusing drugs or alcohol.