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Coping strategies and app ideas to try when emotions become intense:

  • Recognize that emotions/moods are temporary, not permanent.
  • Allow space for them to be as they are.
  • Simple relaxation and mindfulness skills, such as taking deep, slow breaths, sensing each muscle contract then relax, visualizing yourself in your favorite calm and relaxing place. ~Calm in the Storm, Smiling Mind, Headspace, Breathe2Relax
  • Engage in favorite activity or hobby such as music, artwork, talking with a friend, reading, or going to a movie. ~This is Sand, Recolor
  • Exercise. ~MoveMe, 12 Minute Athlete
  • Take a nap. ~iSleep Easy Free, Slumber Time
  • Write a list of people you can turn to for support. ~My3, Calm in the Storm
  • Keep a list of things you are looking forward to.
  • Journal about it. ~Mood Journal
  • Read supportive/uplifting quotes or stories about people who have endured difficult times and worked through them. ~+Quotes
  • Recall how you’ve coped with difficulties in the past and remind yourself that you can use those same coping skills now.
  • Explore other apps and use the strategies that work for you.
  • Call one of the support numbers listed on this card.

24/7 Support Numbers

Crisis Response SE Minnesota

National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
Text LIFE to 61222

Olmsted Medical Center Hospital, Emergency Services

St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency 507-255-5591

Additional Websites

Your Life Your Voice
The Trevor Project
The Crisis Text Line
The Help Guide