Cultivate… COPING with problem-focused or emotion-focused strategies

As we’ve mentioned before, coping skills are mechanisms we use to help us to regulate our emotions and reduce stress or anxiety. However, not all coping mechanisms are created equally. Depending on the situation is and what your main concern might be, there are two different types of coping strategies to use to help resolve…

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Cultivate…COPING with Active instead of Avoidant Coping

We all have to cope with life’s challenges, but some methods are healthier than others. In general there are two coping styles: Active CopingThis type of coping involves an awareness of the problem or situation causing stress and conscious attempts to either reduce the resulting stress, eliminate the source of the stress, or both. Avoidant…

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Cultivate… COPING by helping children after a traumatic event

Parents, caregivers, and other caring adults play a crucial role when helping children cope after they experienced a traumatic event. It is important for us adults to make sure that children with trauma feel safe in their environment as they go through their emotions of fear and grief. Here are some simple tips on helping…

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Cultivate… COPING with The COPE Inventory

The Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced (COPE) inventory is a multi-dimensional tool that assess a person’s coping strategy to deal with stress. The COPE inventory has three components: Problem-focused coping, which measures active coping, planning, suppression of completing activities, restraint coping, and seeking of instrumental social support. Emotion-focused coping, which measures seeking of emotional social…

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Cultivate… COPING by scheduling some downtime

We recently posted about how our children can become stressed and anxious during the holiday season. Stress symptoms may differ depending on the age of our kids but the Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resource Center of the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention suggests some signs to keep an eye…

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Cultivate… COPING by frequently taking instant vacations

Teenagers often experience stress when they feel pressure from their peers to do something that they know is wrong (like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes), worrying about their body image and how it is changing, or feeling anxious on making good grades in school. Whatever is making our teens stressed, we are here to help…

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