Coping is adapting to certain stressful situations that might happen around us. This is based on the conscious or the unconscious ways that will reduce the unpleasant feelings. Coping skills refer to the way a person approaches a particular situation that brings in a lot of stress in his life.
Ways to cope with stress
· Playing with clay
· Listening to music
· Getting a hug
· Reading and writing
· Make a list of your blessings in life
· Going out in public
· Taking a break
· Creating or building something
· Taking a break
· Planting some seeds
· Solving puzzles
· Cleaning the room
· Rearranging the furniture
· Sort through photographs
How can the coping mechanisms help you?
The coping mechanism can help you to adapt to the surroundings that might be unpleasant for an individual. This mechanism is used by people suffering from anxiety, depression, loneliness, and anger.
How can coping mechanisms help people suffering from autism?
The coping mechanism will help people suffering from autism by helping them overcome the anxiety they are experiencing daily. Some of the coping strategies used to deal with autistic children are as follows:
· Attachment to objects
· Repetitive speech/questioning
Types of coping strategies
· Appraisal-focused or adaptive cognitive
· Problem-focused or adaptive behavioral
1. The appraisal-focused cognitive strategy is a coping mechanism where the thoughts will be revised, or the mindset will be changed.
2. Problem-focused strategies that alter the behavior of a person.
3. The emotion-focused strategies are mechanisms that eliminate or channel one’s emotions in a different direction.
Autistic children find it difficult to deal with emotions, and the cognitive-behavioral approach and social skill training will be helpful for them. Children suffering from high functioning autism can also overcome their anxiety by talking through the fears and struggles that they face in their daily lives.