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Coping during challenging times
January 31, 2022

By Karen, Bianca, and Nolan, 7th grade | Coping is a strategy a person uses to help with negative events or problems going on in their life, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

 It is not always easy to stay positive, but there are many ways to cope when you are feeling sad.

Mr. Evaristo Fontanez, St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School social worker, said the best ways to relieve stress and anger are to use coping techniques. When dealing with stress at school, he suggested that kids try breathing exercises. 

Mr. Fontanez, who is also known as Mr. Varo, said ways he copes are through prayer, breathing exercises, and meditation.

After researching ways to cope, the Healthy Courier reporters came up with a list of ideas that can help someone dealing with a problem, including:

  • Sleeping
  • Listening to music
  • Drawing
  • Breathing
  • Meditating
  • Eating ice cream
  • Drinking water
  • Talking to a friend on the phone
  • Spending time with family
  • Going for a run
  • Riding a bike
  • Exercising
  • Decorating the house
  • Cleaning the house
  • Watching TikTok videos
  • Journaling
  • Painting
  • Washing your face
  • Watching a movie
  • Staying away from negativity
  • Shopping (also known as retail therapy)
  • Getting manicures or pedicures
  • Getting a massage
  • Watching make-up tutorials
  • Reading a book

—Karen, Bianca, Nolan, are on the Catholic Partnership Schools Healthy Courier staff

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