Unhealthy ways to cope

unhealth_ways_to_copePeople often drink, smoke or use drugs to relax. But instead of helping us cope, these things may make stress worse - and can damage health.

It’s ok to be stressed sometimes – it happens to everyone. What’s important is to deal with it in positive ways, not in ways that damage our health, our relationships and our wallets. If we rely on drugs or alcohol to help us cope, we can find ourselves in real trouble.

Learning to relax, being more active, getting involved with others and talking or writing about how we feel are all better ways to cope.