My collection of various coping techniques.
What works is going to be different for everyone. Intended as a personal reference/source of inspiration.
Feel free to go ahead and build your own coping toolbox!
Slowly close eyes. Keep them closed for a moment before slowly opening them again. Repeat several times.
This should have a calming effect.
Thirsty? Hungry? Sleepy? Been sitting still for long?
Address whichever of these apply.
Do a simple calming exercise first, like slow blinking or taking some deep breaths.
When troublesome thoughts occur, imagine sweeping them away with a broom. I like to imagine actually sweeping the floor in a tranquil imaginary location.
Getting active can sometimes be an outlet for negative emotion. Go for a walk or a run, swim, dance, etc.
Smell something with an enjoyable scent, eat something with a nice taste, touch an object with a pleasant texture, etc.
Write down activities to do to during the day. Plan with times or plan in the form of a to-do list.
Actual title: You Can Do All Things (author: Kate Allan)
The book has chapters for different types of negative emotions, containing illustrations of encouraging sparkly animals. The end of each chapter suggests a few very simple actions to try.
Do something that will take up as much focus as possible, be that reading a story, playing a demanding game, listening to a podcast, etc.