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Radical Acceptance Coping Statements (PDF)

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Radical acceptance coping statements, such as “This feeling will pass, and I will be okay” and “Everything happens for a reason” are helpful reminders of things you can tell yourself during distressing situations. Repeating these positive affirmations can be challenging at first, but thoughts can become more positive with practice, which can increase resilience.

The Radical Acceptance Coping Statements PDF handout presents various affirmations that clients can use during difficult circumstances. The affirmations are accompanied by visuals to make them more attractive and understandable. They can choose any coping statement that resonates with them depending on the situation they’re dealing with.

Using radical coping statements promotes self-compassion and a sense of acceptance for young people who are having a difficult time. If your child or teen struggles with something in school or at home, they can turn to this handout and repeat an affirmation aloud. For an added benefit, users can pair this handout with our Radical Acceptance Coping Statements worksheet.

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