How do ya do? Pretty good, sure as you're born!
- May 17, 2014
Hmm... well it's tough only because of the "without therapy" caveat. If you have a complete lack of coping skills to handle your issues, I highly recommend finding someone to talk to. A good therapist will help the individual locate the strengths that they already have and help polish those skills up, encourage more frequent use, and point out when and how they're working. Then after creating a baseline of strengths, you can then go deeper - learning new skills, insights, etc.Pete mentioned the connection between coping skills and suicide. I was wondering if 'you' know someone who has a lack of coping skills what can they work on to improve them without therapy in order to have stronger mental health and alleviate mental illnesses.
But if you're against therapy for some reason, I recommend checking out some mindfulness skills for things like anxiety. But things more intense like depression or suicidal ideations are much tougher to work through on your own, without that first thrust of support.
A suggestion I have (this will obviously be the quick and dirty version) to try is to change your thinking to instead focus on the positive aspects of your life instead of the negatives - take note of every little good thing that happens in your day. The more you focus on all the little good aspects, the more you'll realize that there's more good out there than you thought there was, and help shift your mindset from a baseline of negative to more positive.
Feel free to PM me if ya want to continue this!