Healthy vs Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms by Beartooth Mountain Ascent. Developing proper coping skills is an important aspect of life for anyone, but this is especially true of individuals who struggle with mental illness. We have to cope with life no matter what, but part of behavioral treatment is to learn to cope in a positive way, instead of a negative way. Handling situations that are beyond our control can be particularly challenging, but as we develop positive coping skills, we’ll learn how to move forward in the face of adversity.
Healthy vs Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
Unhealthy Coping Strategies
When struggling with mental health problems, it is common for young men to utilize negative behaviors, such as substance abuse, in order to deal with change, fear, stress, or other high-intensity emotions. Some negative coping skills to avoid include:
Catastrophizing: Using words like “always” and “never” to describe situations. You may also view problems as unsolvable, and assume that you shouldn’t even try.
Projecting: Applying your negative feelings about yourself to others or to your life in general. For instance, you might assume that those closest to you don’t really care about you because you’re feeling bad about yourself.
Generalizing: Letting isolated occurrences affect your big-picture view. If you have a bad morning, and automatically assume you’re going to have a bad day, week, or life too, you’re generalizing.
Healthy Coping Strategies
There are stress management techniques that we can employ as positive coping mechanisms, such as staying active, eating right, getting plenty of rest, and taking the time to nourish our spirits. There are also thought patterns and mental exercises we can perform that keep negative coping mechanisms at bay, and help us to navigate life’s ups and downs in a healthy way. Positive coping mechanisms include:
Practice Moderation: You can’t solve all of your problems now, and you can’t be all things to all people. Learning to say no to others, taking time for yourself, and making sure you are focusing on living a well rounded, healthy life is a healthy way to cope.
Skip Perfectionism: You’re not perfect, and neither is anyone else. Expecting perfection out of yourself and others only lead to disappointment and frustration. So cut yourself, and everyone else some slack. Relax, and find reasons to be happy instead of reasons to criticize.
Focus on the Task at Hand: When you feel overwhelmed by everything that lies ahead of you, take a deep breath, and focus on taking one thing at a time. Recognize your little milestones and successes, and soon you’ll be reaching your bigger goals.
Laugh it Off: Humor eases tension, and a good laugh will help you to shake off stress. Watch a funny movie, spend time with lighthearted friends, and allow yourself to find humor in yourself and in your daily life.
Become the Best Version of Yourself
Welcome to Beartooth Mountain Ascent – Addiction Recovery Program in Wyoming. Although we are located in Wyoming, we serve all of the United States. Our Catholic/Christian-based addiction transitional living program helps young men ages of 18-30. We help develop a strong foundation that is centered on Christian values. At our beautiful Wyoming cattle ranch, we enable these men to battle their addictions. We teach them the life skills and job skills they need to be successful and sober outside of a structured program.
Christian Rehab Ranch
The young men that we help at our program suffer from a variety of behavioral issues, including the following:
- Sex and Porn Addiction
- Dual Diagnosis Mental Disorders
- ADD and ADHD
- Anxiety and Depression
- Self Harm
- Problematic Peer Relationships
- Academic Issues
- Anger Management
- And Many More
We will support the young man as he heals from his wounds. We form him in the forge that is the heart of Christ. Through this process, the young man will re-form his moral consciousness. He will be taught virtue as he mends family relationships. Ultimately, he will become the best version of himself.