Coping skills

Think about what the term coping means, and come up with ideas for how you might cope in an emergency, for example when someone needs first aid, and also longer-term coping strategies, for example after a challenging event.

Coping skills

  1. Think about the word ‘coping’. What do you think it means? Write down your definition of coping.
  2. Now write down one thing you might do to cope if you were in a situation that you might find challenging. Think about something immediate you could do to help you cope in a situation where someone needed first aid, e.g. taking a deep breath.
  3. Now think about what you might do to cope in the longer term, e.g. listening to music or spending time on your favourite hobby or with friends.
  4. Now look at the Oxford English Dictionary definition of coping: “to deal effectively with something difficult.” This is one definition of coping. Compare it to the definition of coping that you wrote.
  • Does it cover what you were thinking?  
  • Does it have enough detail? Is there anything you would change or add?
  • Can it be applied to a range of situations? 

     5. When could you use your coping skills?


With this activity you can help young people discuss what coping means and identify some coping skills they could use in the immediate and longer-term.


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Use this activity to help learners practise coping skills they could use in a range of situations.


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