resilience & coping strategies

Resilience building and coping skills for kids are tools that empower them to bounce back from adversity, adapt to challenges, and foster emotional strength and perseverance.

Here you’ll find tons of helpful and developmentally appropriate ideas that kids, tweens & teens can use when dealing with hard things.

10 quick coping
tools and resilience building tips for kids

  1. Take deep breaths to help center yourself during challenging moments.
  2. Get enough sleep, make up your bed, eat nutritious food, drink water, unplug, and go outside
  3. Practice positive self-talk and remind yourself of your strengths and capabilities.
  4. Express your thoughts and feelings through writing, drawing, or any creative outlet that helps you process emotions and figure out solutions.
  5. Seek comfort in activities you enjoy, like listening to music, reading, playing games, or going for a walk.
  6. Connect with family and friends who make you feel supported and understood.
  7. Set small, achievable goals for yourself. Each step gets you closer to where you want to go.
  8. Practice problem-solving skills by breaking challenges into smaller parts and brainstorming solutions.
  9. Stay positive by focusing on the things you can control and finding gratitude for the little things in life.
  10. Engage in physical activities or exercise to release tension and boost your mood. In other words, move, move, move!