The five coping skills come courtesy of Dr. Laurie Santos, a cognitive scientist, and Professor of Psychology at Yale University. In January 2018, her course titled Psychology and the Good Life became the most popular course in Yale’s history, with approximately one-fourth of Yale’s undergraduates enrolled.
The course was made available online via Coursera in March 2018, and titled The Science of Well-Being. Total enrollment for the class from March 20 of 2018 to March 19, 2019 stood at 539,000, making it the most popular online course in Yale history. By the end of the day on March 24, 2020 enrollment stood at 1,153,744, with 631,980 people enrolling in March alone.
World Mental Health Day is part of the World Health Organization’s campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and marshal support for mental health more broadly.
Santos notes that this year’s World Mental Health Day comes at a particularly challenging time for many of us. 2020 has been rough for lots of reasons, but especially because we’re battling a worldwide pandemic that has caused a lot of fear, uncertainty, and disruption to our normal routines. Most of us want to do things to make ourselves feel better. The problem is that we choose to do the wrong stuff. When times get tough, we think we should just eat something unhealthy, or go inward and avoid people, or just plop down and watch television. But— as you know— there are better, more evidence-based ways to cope!
Here is Dr. Santos’s video describing the five coping skills, but if you just want to see the list, scroll past the video.
Five Coping Skills:
- Get Social
- Be With Your Emotions
I can’t wait to take her Science of Well Being course through Coursera; my plan is to begin the course the Monday right after Thanksgiving. If you are interested, here is the link to the course.
The course has a score of 4.9 (out of 5.0), based on over 22,000 ratings. Wow…
*image from National Today