What’s In Your Coping Skills Toolbox?

Exactly what is a coping skill?  According to an online medical dictionary, here is one definition:

Coping Skill

Any characteristic or behavioral pattern that enhances a person’s adaptation. Coping skills include a stable value or religious belief system, problem solving, social skills, health-energy, and commitment to a social network.  

Okay, so now that we know what a coping skill is, where can we find one?  Exactly where  do we find “characteristics or behavioral patterns” and if we should stumble across one, how do we know we should apply it to our particular situation?  According to the definition above, when we find them, they will include a religious belief but what if I don’t subscribe to that?  Then there is the problem solving skills I will need to deal with but what if we failed that class in school?  I don’t even want to talk about social skills because on any given day I may hate everyone on the planet!  And what is this talk about commitment!
The above definition may or may not be a bit overwhelming to the average person who is already going through something and perhaps you just need a bit of advice or a suggestion on a matter that you really have no desire to discuss with your friends or family on a day when you are hating all the people on the planet.
If this is the case for you, we are compiling a Coping Skills Toolbox where you will find strategies, ideas, tips, suggestions, methodologies and life hacks that have been shared by fellow readers.  They are sharing ways that have proven successful in their lives to help them to define and apply coping skills as it pertains to their specific situation.  I believe that we are more alike than we are different and for that reason I am hopeful that you will find a wealth of  helpful information in the toolbox.  Open Toolbox


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