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What's In Your Coping Toolbox?




Life consistently presents us with challenges and changes and at times this can lead to us feeling stressed. Planning how to manage and cope in various life situations, and finding out which coping skills work best for you, is the key to succeeding with stress rather than experiencing distress. This post contains ideas for coping with stress and also acute emotional crises.


Here are some ideas for coping with stress:


1. Understand more about stress – this involves recognizing your sources of stress and how stress affects you personally. Plan for stressful periods.


2. Problem-solve – what is the problem, be specific and break it down into realistic achievable components. Then set goals on how to deal with each problem. Make sure you include how to begin your plan of action.


3. Develop new behaviors – if you take on too much or have problems saying no, learn to be assertive. There are plenty of courses at local colleges, online or you may prefer to see a therapist or get a life coach. Learn to manage your time more effectively and delegate wherever possible! Avoid procrastination; whilst you are not doing it, you’ll only be spending energy worrying about it.


4. Make sure you develop a support network – deliberately develop good supportive relationships. Ask for help when needed and accept it when offered. You must also be prepared to do the same for others.


5. Make time to relax and enjoy yourself – how many of us know we should do more of this but don’t make the time? Set aside time each day to relax and build this into your routine. Develop hobbies and leisure activities that help you to switch off.