TRAINING MODULES

Coping

Coping

Everyone has natural ways of coping. Encourage people to use their own positive coping strategies, while avoiding negative strategies. This will help them feel stronger and regain a sense of control. You will need to adapt the following suggestions to take account of the person’s culture and what is possible in the particular crisis situation.

Positive Coping Strategies

  • Get enough rest, eat regularly and drink plenty of water
  • Talk and spend time with family and friends.
  • Discuss problems with someone you trust.
  • Do activities that help you relax
  • Do physical exercise.
  • Find safe ways to help others in the crisis and get involved in community activities.

Everyone has natural ways of coping. Encourage people to use their own positive coping strategies, while avoiding negative strategies. This will help them feel stronger and regain a sense of control.

You will need to adapt the following suggestions to take account of the person’s culture and what is possible in the particular crisis situation.

Discourage Negative Coping Strategies

  • Don’t take drugs, smoke or drink alcohol.
  • Don’t sleep all day.
  • Don’t work all the time without any rest or relaxation.
  • Don’t isolate yourself from friends and loved ones.
  • Don’t neglect basic personal hygiene.
  • Don’t be violent.