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Coping Skills Bulletin Board

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Effective coping skills are essential for dealing with life's stressors. These bulletin board ideas highlight many different coping skills for students.

Coping Skills Bulletin Board Ideas

We all deal with stress in different ways. Some of us are better at it than others. These bulletin board themes are designed to empower students with positive coping skills.

Laughter is the Best Medicine Bulletin Board

Laughter is a proven stress reducer. Learning how to effectively use laughter as a coping skill is the focus of this board.

Materials

  • Yellow butcher paper
  • Orange die cut border
  • Die cut letters in assorted colors spelling out: 'Let's Laugh Off Our Stress'
  • Die cut smiley faces in assorted colors
  • Markers
  • Stapler

Instructions

  1. Cover the bulletin board in the yellow butcher paper.
  2. Frame the covered bulletin board with the orange die cut border.
  3. Create a header for the bulletin board by hanging the die cut letters centered at the top.
  4. Give each student a die cut smiley face and have them write their favorite joke on it with the markers.
  5. Use the stapler to hang the jokes on the bulletin board.

Take a Moment to Chill Bulletin Board

Learning how to step away from stressful situations to regain composure and resolve is an effective coping skill. This bulletin board provides ideas for doing so.

Materials

  • Light blue butcher paper
  • Purple die cut border
  • Purple die cut letters spelling out: 'Make Time to Chill'
  • White die cut clouds in assorted sizes
  • Markers
  • Stapler

Instructions

  1. Begin by covering the bulletin board with the light blue butcher paper.
  2. Frame the bulletin board with the purple die cut border.
  3. Create a title for the bulletin board using the die cut letters and hanging them in center of the board.
  4. Write one strategy for taking a break from stress on each of the die cut clouds (e.g. count to ten slowly, take a five minute nap, listen to music, take a yoga break, and so on).
  5. Hang the clouds throughout the board.

Get Moving Bulletin Board

Exercise is an excellent way to cope with stress. This bulletin board is designed to get students moving!

Materials

  • Bright green butcher paper
  • Yellow die cut border
  • Light green die cut letters spelling out the following: 'Too much stress? Get Moving!'
  • Die cut sneakers in assorted colors
  • Markers
  • Stapler

Instructions

  1. Begin by covering the bulletin board in the bright green butcher paper.
  2. Use the yellow die cut border to frame out the bulletin board.
  3. Hang the die cut letters to create a heading at the top of the bulletin board.
  4. List one option for exercise as a means of coping on each of the die cut sneakers (e.g. take 100 steps each time you feel stressed, spend one minute in downward dog, do ten jumping jacks, jog in place for five minutes, and so on).
  5. Hang the die cut sneakers throughout the bulletin board.

Frame the Problem Bulletin Board

Sometimes we're too close to our own problems to see that they are manageable. This bulletin board gives students a chance to help frame the problems of others.

Materials

  • White butcher paper
  • Red die cut border
  • Red die cut letters spelling out: 'Be a Problem Solver'
  • Die cut squares in light gray
  • Die cut hands in assorted colors
  • Markers
  • Stapler

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