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.
Crisis Response SE Minnesota
National Suicide Prevention
Text LIFE to 61222
Olmsted Medical Center Hospital, Emergency Services
St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency 507-255-5591