5 Coping Mechanisms That Aren’t Doing You Any Good

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Perhaps you feel like you’ve had enough. You’ve had a long day, you’re extremely stressed, and you just found out some terrible news that deals with your family. You don’t know how to respond, but you decide to make a few choices to help ease the tension. The way you handle minor tensions and major stressors impacts much of your health and happiness in life. Here are some coping mechanisms that may be harming you in the long haul:

  • Allowing yourself to feel angry all the time. We can’t predict life’s curveballs, but we do have control over how we react to them. Staying angry at a person or situation does you more harm than it does them – Everyday Health states that anger can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, respiratory problems, and shortened life.
  • Overworking yourself. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs states that working too much can be a sign of avoidance and, when you do this, you are neglecting to adequately address the problems you are going through. In addition, working too much may lead to an unbalanced diet and a lack of sleep, which can further cause stress and irritability.
  • Abusing substances. While substances may seem to take care of the problem at the time, they are a tool for distraction. The problems don’t really go away, and this negative cycle can continue until an addiction has developed.
  • Emotional eating. Eating the wrong things to deal with emotional stressors can lead to weight gain, compromised health, and additional stress. Eating too much fast-food can also trigger symptoms of anxiety and depression, which further worsens already stressful situations.
  • Avoiding people or situations. You may feel like hibernating amidst chaotic events in your life. While taking a day or two to breath and relax is healthy for you, avoiding people and situations altogether could turn into a depressive episode, which could further place you at risk for more circumstantial difficulties. Try to find supportive people whom you can lean on.


We often employ these dangerous coping strategies because they provide immediate relief; however, long-term relief is the most productive and beneficial outcome, and in order to achieve this, you have to appropriately address your concerns. Seeing a therapist and entering into a treatment center for addiction and/or mental illness are a few life-changing steps that can set you up for a healthier, happier future.

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