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This coping skill is sometimes referred to as “behavioral activation.” Engage in a highly engaging activity. Television or computer activities do not count here — these are too passive. Instead, take a walk, dance, clean your house, or do some other activity that gets you engaged and distracts you from your current emotions.

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Reaching out to others can really help when you are struggling with strong emotions. Call a supportive friend or family member. If you don’t have someone in mind that is supportive and you are in a crisis, you can call a helpline like the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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