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Positive Coping Skills--An Important Tool In Chronic Pain Management!



Sometimes we overlook the simple things. I must apologize--all the time I've been writing this blog, and never thought about the importance of good coping skills.  We all learn to cope with whatever we're dealing with one way or another, but not every coping skill is a positive one.  The good thing is, we can ALL learn positive coping skills that we don't have on board already!



So today, I would like you to ask yourself..what are your responses to situations that are not going well?  Whether the situation is a pain filled day or some sad news, our choice of response can make a lot of difference!

Here is a list of some NEGATIVE COPING SKILLS. I am not trying to call anyone out--we all do some of these at least some of the time:


  • Avoidance
  • Alcohol Use/Abuse
  • Drugs
  • Sedatives
  • Refusal to address emotions/feelings
  • Self-mutilation
The goal here is to be honest with yourself. If you see a little bit of yourself in the list above, look to the list below to find some POSITIVE COPING SKILLS. Hopefully you self-identify with some of these traits also.  And maybe you'll find some new things to work on here as well!

  • Engage in Friendships
  • Make Time for Yourself
  • Deal with your Emotions
  • Confidence Building
  • Humor
  • Hobbies
  • Good Nutrition
  • Good Sleep Habits
  • Pets
  • Spirituality
  • Exercise/Physical Activity
Sources:MHMW.org; Wikimedia



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