A coping mechanism is a method of dealing with stress and uncertainty in life. No matter who you are, you no doubt have worked through many stressful situations effectively. However, coping mechanisms can be healthy or unhealthy. Some unhealthy ways of coping may appear to resolve initial feelings of stress but can lead to problems down the road.
Coping mechanisms are crucial to well-being, but it is important that we look at their long-term effects. For example, avoiding feelings of stress by remaining in bed is a coping mechanism of a sort, but it neither resolves the problem nor gives the sufferer tools to handle stress in the future. Substituting positive coping techniques for negative ones is critical.