Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc. Partners for Change Program Shares Coping Skills For Substance Abuse Prevention During COVID-19
The pandemic has been bringing many challenges to our lives but also opportunities. With the increase of stress, people start looking for coping skills or ways to manage that stress. Some people practice healthy coping skills and some others decide to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as abusing substances (alcohol or drugs).
The following are healthy coping skills to reduce your stress level:
- Have a consistent daily routine
- Engage in daily exercise
- Practice meditation and self-reflection
- Look for support from family members and/or friends
- Make sure you are sleeping enough hours
- Have a healthy diet
- Drink water regularly
- Take medication as prescribed
- Engage in activities you like: art, music, sports, movies, or contact with nature.
- Connect with others through social media, phone, e-mails, text messages, letters or cards, video chats
- Play with children and/or pets
- Practice listening skills
- Find opportunities to help others
- Identify at least one positive characteristic about you and other people that interact with you daily
- Accept that there are things out of your control
- Take breaks during work
- Attend therapy
- What other coping skill works for you?
Center for Family Services is here to help you. We provide outpatient services such as individual, family and group counseling. If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulties managing substance use, please contact us today. Our team of compassionate and caring professionals will support you to overcome this difficult time so you can live a productive and successful life.