A large part of maintaining your emotional well-being is taking the time to utilize a coping strategy when you feel worked up. Coping strategies are ways we learn to manage various stressors, and everyone copes with stress differently. Some examples of possible coping strategies to share with your young person are:
Mindfulness is defined as the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. Many people adopt this into various different exercises that can be used when a person may experience anxiety. A few examples of these are Mindful Breathing, Mindful Observation, and Mindful Listening. Mindfulness teaches us how to respond to stress with an awareness of what is happening in the present moment, rather than simply acting instinctively, and being unaware of what emotions or motives may be driving that decision.
If you and/or your young person would like to give some mindfulness strategies a try, check out BLOOM’s Mindfulness section of the HUB or UC San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness for free live online practices!