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Mental Health Tools for Positive Living

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed it seems as though your world is crashing down around you? You are not alone. We all have coping strategies that we use to maintain positive well-being but do you ever stop to adjust or modify your coping strategies. Sometimes we have to alter our schedule and habits to make things work better for our current situations. We are constantly evolving as individuals and we need our coping methods to evolve with us.

Mental Health Tool Box Coping Strategies:

  • Talk to a friend

  • Get some fresh air

  • Book a counseling session

  • Clean the house (or a closet, drawer, or area)

  • Color

  • Cook a meal

  • Seek professional support

  • Do yoga

  • Draw

  • Drink tea

  • Garden

  • Exercise

  • Give yourself a pep talk

  • Go for a walk

  • Engage in a hobby

  • Exercise

  • Garden

  • Get close to nature

  • Listen to music

  • List the things you feel grateful for

  • Look at landscape photos that help you feel relaxed

  • Look at pictures to remind you of the people, places, and things that bring joy

  • Turn on a sign along and sing as loud as possible

  • Meditate

  • Blast music and dance

  • Picture your “happy place”

  • Play a game with your kids

  • Play with a pet

  • Smile until you start to laugh (I personally love this one when I'm starting to feel sad, I feel like such a dummy but I secretly love it because I can't help but laugh at myself)

  • Practice breathing exercises

  • Pray

  • Put on lotion that smells good

  • Read a book

  • Reframe the way you are thinking about the problem

  • Go to a park and enjoy the sound of children playing

  • Squeeze a stress ball

  • Spend time in nature

  • Take a bath

  • Take care of your body in a way that makes you feel good (paint your nails, do your hair, put on a face mask)

  • Think of something funny

  • Try a puzzle

  • Use a relaxation app

  • Use aromatherapy

  • Use progressive muscle relaxation

  • Write in a journal

Try mixing it up. Try something different and don't be shy to reach out for support. We all experience mental health differently but we can all make an effort to move forward in a positive direction. Feel free to reach out to me for online counseling. Connect with me for a free consult at

Written by: Tyfanny Ross, BSW, MSW, RSW


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