Coping Techniques

First, remember that the best way to cope with a difficult situation or feeling is by talking to someone you trust. Consider opening up to a close friend, a parent, a sibling, a teacher, a counselor, etc. Here are Marshall’s Counserlors:

  • Mrs. Becker (last names A-D)
  • Mrs. Blankenbeckler (E-L)
  • Mrs. Shirley (M-R)
  • Mrs. McDearmon (S-Z)

Your peers have brainstormed a lot of ways to positively cope with some of these situations and feelings. Here are some more you may not have thought of:

  1. Coping with Anxiety
    • Do a calming activity (Read, draw, talk with a friend, cook, etc)
    • Set realistic goals or prioritize checklists to help you get through the stressful task(s)
    • If possible, eliminate or change the source of anxiety
    • Meditation, yoga, peaceful visualizations
    • If possible, avoid behaviors that increase anxiety, such as procrastination or poor study skills
  2. Coping with Anger
    • Take it out on an inanimate object (pillow, soccer ball, pencils, etc)
    • Deep breathing
    • Count from 1-10
    • Take a cold shower (cool the body)
    • Exercise
    • Vent (tell someone, write it down, draw it out, etc)
  3. Coping with Sadness
    • Cry
    • Spend time with someone that makes you happy
    • Join a support group that lets you talk about it
    • Find hobbies that bring you creativity & joy
    • Art, journaling, etc
    • Volunteer your time helping others or animals

There are also a lot of ways to can cope with feelings brought up by gun violence in schools. Here are some of them:

  • Talk about it!
  • Join a club or political organization; get active
  • Peaceful protest or walkout
  • Run for an office to express your opinions
  • Make artwork or posters denouncing gun violence in school
  • Write, journal, or draw your thoughts and feelings
  • Write letters to the families of the victims
    • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida
  • Write to your local, state, and federal representatives to voice their opinion

Here is a Letter Template you can use to draft your letter.

Here are your Scripps Ranch representatives:

  • California Governor Edmund G. Brown
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Senator Kamala Harris
  • Assembly Member Brian Maienschein
  • Representative Scott Peters
  • State Senator Joel Anderson
  • San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer