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Coping with emotions

Whether you’re feeling angry, sad, frustrated, lonely, or anxious - it’s important to have some healthy ways to cope with these painful emotions.

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Learning to cope with painful emotions

Some emotions are easier to deal with than others. When things feel really difficult, it's sometimes hard to cope.

Learning to cope with these emotions in a positive way can help you live a healthier and happier life.

Talking can help!

Express your feelings and thoughts by talking with someone you trust:

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Let your emotions out physically

Let your body help you express your feelings by:

Going for a walk or run

Squeezing a stress ball

Singing and dancing

Playing a sport

Doing some chores


Find creative ways to express your emotions

When you can’t find the words, try to express your feelings by:

Drawing, painting or colouring
Writing a story or starting a diary
Making a scrapbook
Playing an instrument

Try some relaxation strategies

Help your mind and body to refocus by trying some:

Deep breathing



Muscle relaxation

Comfort yourself

Try to calm or soothe your emotions by:

Cuddling a pet, pillow or toy
Having a bath or shower
Listening to your favourite music
Pampering yourself

Distract yourself

If your emotions are too strong to express in other ways, try to distract yourself by:

Watching TV or a movie

Looking up funny videos or memes

Doing something you enjoy

Playing a game

Learning something new

Talking or hanging out with friends

"It's about taking one day at a time and knowing that two steps forward can be followed by one step back."

There’s always something you can try or somebody you can talk to

While it’s good to work on some things that can help you cope, you don’t have to face this alone.

If you need support to find ways to express your emotions in a positive way, call us, start a WebChat or send an email today.

If you need more information for other digital services and resources, check out Head to Health.

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This content was last reviewed 14/09/2021

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