The Big List of Coping Statements for Stress, Grief, Anxiety, Depression, and More

Coping statements are positive and true statements used to replace the negative and untrue thoughts that take over when you feel anxious, depressed, stressed, angry, or when facing other distressing or overwhelming situations. For example- Replace “I can’t take it anymore” with “I’m doing it. I can handle this.”  Use this huge list to find coping statements for stress, anxiety, depression, grief, phobias, anxiety, disordered eating, anger, and more.

 

Coping Statements for Anxiety

  • Fighting this doesn’t help, so I’ll relax and breathe through it.
  • This feeling isn’t comfortable, but I can handle it.
  • By relaxing through these feelings I learn to face my fears.
  • I can feel anxious and still deal with this situation.
  • This is not an emergency. I can slow down and think about what I need to do.
  • This feeling will go away.
  • By staying present and focused on my task my anxiety will decrease.
  • These are just thoughts – not reality.
  • I don’t have to believe everything I think.
  • Anxiety won’t hurt me.
  • I’m making progress.
  • I can handle this.
  • Feeling tense is natural. It tells me it’s time to use coping strategies.
  • Things are not as bad I am making them out to be.
  • My mind is not always my friend.

 

Coping Statements for Depression

  • It won’t always be this bad. It will get better.
  • I will feel hopeful again someday.
  • I can be sad and still deal with this.
  • My mind is not always my friend.
  • This is not my fault.
  • I’ve survived hard times before, and I will survive this, too.
  • My life matters.
  • I’m stronger than I think.
  • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
  • I can learn from this and it will be easier next time.
  • I can handle this.

 

Coping Statements for Grief

  • I won’t feel this bad forever. It will get better.
  • I will feel hopeful again someday.
  • I can be sad and still deal with this.
  • My mind is not always my friend.
  • This is not my fault.
  • I’ve survived hard times before, and I will survive this, too.
  • My life matters.
  • I’m stronger than I think.
  • It`s okay to feel this way, it`s a normal reaction.
  • I will learn from this experience, even if it’s hard to understand right now.
  • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
  • I can handle this.

 

Coping Statements for Suicidal Thoughts

  • This will pass.
  • That is my depression talking, not me.
  • I will get through this.
  • Just because my thoughts tell me to kill myself doesn’t mean I really should.
  • I don’t really want to die, I just want the pain to end.
  • There are other ways to end my pain, even if I can’t see them right now.
  • My suicidal thoughts are not rational.
  • Suicidal thoughts are a symptom, not a solution.
  • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
  • I can learn from this and it will be easier next time.
  • My mind is not always my friend.
  • I won’t always feel this bad. It will get better.
  • I will feel hopeful again someday.
  • My life matters.
  • I am a work in progress.
  • I’m stronger than I think.

 

Coping Statements for Fear – Anticipating Anxiety or Stress

      • I’ve done this before so I can do it again.
      • I’ll be glad I did it when this is over.
      • I’ll feel better when I am actually in the situation.
      • I’ll just do the best I can.
      • By facing my fears I can overcome them.
      • Worry doesn’t help.
      • My worries are thoughts, and I don’t have to believe everything I think.
      • I am a work in progress.
      • Whatever happens, happens. I can handle it.
      • I can be anxious and still deal with this
      • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
      • I can learn from this and it will be easier next time.

 

Coping Statements for Feeling Stressed or Overwhelmed

          • Stay focused on the present. What do I need to do right now?
          • I’ve survived hard things before, and I can survive this, too.
          • It will get better. It always does.
          • It will soon be over.
          • It’s not the worst thing that could happen.
          • Step by step until it’s over.
          • I don’t need to eliminate stress, just keep it under control.
          • Once I label my stress from 1 to 10 I can watch it go down.
          • Take a breath. Just breathe.
          • I can do this.
          • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
          • I can learn from this and it will be easier next time.

 

Coping Statements for Phobias

              • I can always retreat out of this situation if I decide to.
              • There is nothing dangerous here.
              • Take deep breaths and take your time.
              • I’m willing to try.
              • I’m making progress.
              • I can handle this.
              • This feeling is just adrenaline. It will pass in a couple of minutes.
              • These feelings are not dangerous.
              • I don`t need to rush, I can take things slowly.
              • Right now, I am not in danger. Right now, I`m safe.
              • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
              • I can learn from this and it will be easier next time.

 

Coping Statements for Panic

              • This isn’t dangerous.
              • I will just let my body pass through this.
              • I have survived panic attacks before and I will survive this, too.
              • I’m making progress.
              • I can handle this.
              • Nothing serious is going to happen.
              • This will pass.
              • It will get better. It always does.
              • Right now, I am not in danger. Right now, I`m safe.
              • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
              • I can learn from this and it will be easier next time.

 

 Coping Statements for Pain Management

              • I am more than my pain.
              • I can control the pain.
              • One step at a time – I can handle this.
              • It won’t last much longer.
              • This isn’t as bad as I thought.
              • No matter how bad it gets, I can do it.
              • It will be over soon.
              • I can handle this.
              • I have done this before, and I can do it again
              • I don`t need to rush, I can take things slowly.
              • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
              • I can learn from this and it will be easier next time.

 

Coping Statements for Disordered Eating

              • I can feel bad and still choose to take a new and healthy direction.
              • Food is fuel. Food is medicine. Food makes muscles.
              • Don’t think, just eat.
              • I am not my illness.
              • I am a work in progress.
              • Strong, healthy, smart.
              • I don`t need to rush, I can take things slowly.
              • My mind is not always my friend.
              • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
              • I can learn from this and it will be easier next time.
              • I’m willing to try.
              • I’m making progress.
              • I can handle this.

 

Coping Statements for Anger Management

              • I can feel angry and still deal with this.
              • It’s not worth getting mad about.
              • I won’t take this personally.
              • I am in charge, not my anger.
              • I am going to breathe slowly until I know what to do.
              • Getting angry isn’t going to help.
              • I’m making progress.
              • I can handle this and stay in control.
              • Remember to breathe. Remember to breathe.
              • People aren’t against me – they’re for themselves.
              • I can use my coping skills to get through this.
              • I can learn from this and it will be easier next time.
              • Keep calm and carry on.

              You may also be interested in The Big List of 115 Coping Skills.

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              Have you ever used any of these coping statements for stress, anxiety, depression, or something else??  Which have you found most helpful?  Answer in the comments, or add a suggestion you think should be added to the list.  And thanks for being here!

               






6 Replies to “The Big List of Coping Statements for Stress, Grief, Anxiety, Depression, and More”

  1. I’ve heard that statements really do work but I have read that one of the most important ingredient is persistence. Can you give an approximate number of times the statements should be said on a daily basis? Do you have other helpful tips so that the statements can have bigger power and impact our lives?

    1. It is unique to every individual, and they can use these statements as often as they need to. Practice helps so much for us to recall the right words when we are in distress. It can also be helpful to choose some to write on sticky notes and put them where you may need them. Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. I believe in it. I utilize it a lot in my days. I am running 3 websites and trying to do a new lawn service business and believe me there are times where I wonder how I do it. My wife thinks I am crazy. But I bear down and tell myself all the time that it is not so bad. You can handle it. And I take the fact that on Sunday when I have made it through the week, the sense of accomplishment makes it all worth it.

    1. You sound really determined and motivated–impressive strengths! Please do make sure you make time for some self-care, too, Ronnie. You deserve it. (And I hope your wife would agree.)

  3. I’m printing these lists, cutting them down and pasting them to the fridge door for ongoing reading. Every one in my house is on anti anxiety and anti depressants. They say it’s me, lol.
    Really well done, thanks for this.

    1. I’m so glad you found it useful! I love the idea of splitting it up and posting them in an easy-to-view place. Reminders never hurt. Thanks for reading, commenting, and being here. 🙂

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