We often attempt to cope in ineffective and even damaging ways. Examples of this include using alcohol or drugs, isolating, and keeping our worries to ourselves. Some of these attempts to cope are habitual and others we do consciously. When we are aware of ineffective coping we can 1) remind ourselves we are trying to cope so we don’t critisize and blame ourselves and 2) replace the ineffective coping with something new that works. If we are not sure how to go about this, we can ask others for help and suggestions. Do you use ineffective or damaging “coping” skills? Can you think of ways to improve your coping?