You Can Cope With Stress

IMPROVE YOUR COPING SKILLS

You can reduce stress and enjoy life more, by using this worksheet to identify the skills you’d like to develop. Then practice until good coping skills are your everyday habits.

Stress Management

People who feel in control of their lives are able to manage their stresses.

I feel in control of these parts of my life:

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Two people I know who seem in control of their lives are:

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Four things they do which I can try:

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Other things I could do to gain control over my own life:

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Commitment

When you are committed to your own life, stresses are easier to take.

I am committed to and enjoy these parts of my life:

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Two people I know who seem to enjoy their lives are:

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Four things they do which I could try:

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Other things I could do to help make my life more meaningful:

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Risk

When you are willing to take risks, life becomes more satisfying. Risks include everything from traveling overseas to getting married.

Three things I’d like to try:

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Things which would help me try them:

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I agree to try these two new things this month:

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I agree to try these two new things this year:

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Specific Skills

Use this list to help you identify and develop your coping skills. Check those skills you practice regularly. Each month check one to two skills you’ll improve.

PHYSICAL SKILLS

eat 3 meals daily
exercise at least 3 times weekly
don’t smoke
drink alcohol no more than 3 times per week
PEOPLE SKILLS

ask for help when I need it
say how I feel
give and receive love
say “no” if I need to
PERSONAL MANAGEMENT SKILLS

plan my time well
on time when I’m expected
take “time out” to get perspective
know how to laugh at life
ACTION SKILLS

have hobbies
feel good about what I do
people can count on me
try new things

 

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