A coping mechanism does exactly what it says: it’s a mechanism you use to cope with something difficult.
You may feel upset, angry, isolated. These emotions are unpleasant and uncomfortable, so often we look for a way of coping with them. This can be either a good or a bad thing depending on what you use to help you cope.
Below is a list of safe coping mechanisms to help you, particularly if you are dealing with anger. It’s important to find the ones that work for you, as not all will suit you.
Scribble on photos of people in magazines
Have a pillow fight with the wall
Scream very loudly
Tear apart newspapers, photos, or magazines
Go to the gym, dance, exercise
Listen to music and sing along loudly
Draw a picture of what is making you angry
Beat up a stuffed toy
Pop bubble wrap / balloons
Scribble on a piece of paper until the whole page is black
Filling a piece of paper with drawing cross hatches
Throw darts at a dartboard
Go for a run
Write your feelings on paper then rip it up
Use stress relievers
Build a fort of pillows and then destroy it
Flatten aluminum cans for recycling, seeing how fast you can go
Make yourself as comfortable as possible
Stomp around in heavy shoes
Play handball or tennis
Yell at what you are breaking and tell it why you are angry, hurt, upset, etc.
Buy a cheap plate and decorate it with markers, stickers, cut outs from magazines, words, images, whatever that expresses your pain and sadness and when you’re done, smash it. (Please be careful when doing this)