University Counseling Center

Coping Skills in Place of Marijuana Use

Most people use marijuana because of the feelings of relaxation that come from ingesting the substance. However, if you find yourself using marijuana every time you feel sad or anxious it will likely become problematic. The information on this page will help you expand your coping skill set in order to have other ways to gain feelings of relief and relaxation. For more specific information on coping skills, visit our coping skills webpages here.


Self Care

Healthy coping begins with taking care of yourself, physically and mentally. Some quick tips for self-care include:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Sleep
  • Drink water
  • Exercise
  • Learn more about specific self-care tips here

Relaxation Techniques

There are several skills to practice that can promote feelings of relaxation in the moment. Some techniques include:

Deep Breathing

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Guided Imagery


*Disclaimer: This information is meant to provide education about substance use. The content of these webpages is not meant to replace therapy and is not considered mental health treatment. If you are in crisis or find yourself needing more support please call the UToledo Counseling Center at 419-530-2426 or dial 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.


Last Updated: 7/15/24