Coping with Stress
We all have our own ways of coping with stress. Sometimes we face certain events or situations that leave us feeling flustered, and unsure of what to do. Our usual ways of coping may not have been enough — this unmanaged stress adds up to cause the most distress. We need to learn and use more coping skills to manage our stress.
Check to see which of the following would be helpful to you:
- Physical coping skills: A strong body is our best ally. Take good care of it with:
Nutrition: Eat well, on time, healthy choices, we are all cranky when hungry!
Exercise: releases tension, produces endorphins – the feel good chemicals
Self-Care: Treat yourself kindly, don’t push beyond your limits
Mindful of body: Listen to your body and its needs, sleep, rest
Relaxation: Letting go of tension, practice relaxation techniques
Breaks: Take short stretch breaks throughout the day
Mental coping skills: Mind has a lot of power over our sense of well being.
- Time Management: Set aside time to match your goals, values, priorities
- Problem Solving: Address issues early, get help from others if needed
- Organizing: Set things in order. Avoid letting things pile up. No one likes clutter.
- Re-labeling: Change your perspective. See the promise in every problem. Be gracious
- Imagination: Paint a different picture of your situation. See the humor in life’s ironies.
Spiritual coping skills: Trusting and Connecting with your higher self
- Commitment: Say “yes”. Stay connected to your intuition
- Seek meaning and purpose in life, make lemonade if given lemons
- Surrender: Accepting, Let go of your problems, know things will work out
- Valuing: Identify what is really important, let go of small stuff
Interpersonal Skills: Able to relate to others from your truth
- Affirmation: Believe in yourself. Trust others
- Connections: Invest in others. Form satisfying relationships
- Expression: show feelings, share burdens
- Assertiveness: Ask, be direct about your wants, needs and feelings
- Limits: Do only what you can, and accept others doing the same
Family Skills: Having a strong network of people is a solid foundation
- Balancing: Find a balance between work and home duties
- Bonding: Spend quality time together
- Support: Help each other grow. Build on good feelings
- Conflict Resolution: Look for solutions where all sides win
- Flexibility: Remain open to change. Try creative approaches
Distraction Skills: Creative ways to distract yourself from the stress
- Learning: Take a class, appreciate the arts
- Music: Listen, play an instrument, join a choir, dance around the house
- Work: Volunteer for something meaningful and enjoyable
- Getaways: Daydream, take a walk in the park, lie in the grass, spend time alone
- Hobbies: Create something, have fun making some crafts or drawing
- Play: Go out with a friend, spend time with a child, indulge in your inner child