What are 10 ways to cope with stress? I’m sure you feel like you can barely keep your head above water when it comes to stress. And the worst part is that it doesn’t just affect you – sometimes stressful situations can have a negative impact on friends and family, as well.
So how do you manage all of this?
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that there isn’t one single way to cope with stress. There are a thousand things we could recommend for someone in your situation, but I want to give you something more than a list of good ideas;
I want to give you some direction for developing the skills and lifestyle habits that will work best for YOU. Here are 10 ways to cope with the stress that can help you put most of the items on our list into practice.
Sometimes it’s hard to know where you end and others begin. By honestly assessing your own part in any problem, you can avoid the pitfalls of thinking you are solely responsible for other people’s reactions or choices.
If you’re feeling unfairly treated, for example, remind yourself that it is their actions, not yours, which have brought about a problem. It may not feel like much relief at the time, but remember that there is always more than one side to every story.
We know that there are many problems in the world, but it is only through your attitude that you can make a difference in what happens to you. The evidence suggests that a positive outlook will mean less stress in your life in the long term.
When things go wrong, it’s tempting to blame everyone but yourself – and yet this does little to solve any problems. In fact, it can create more problems by making you feel helpless and resentful of others.
Rather than blaming other people for your troubles or losses, accept that you are responsible for what has happened and learn from your mistakes rather than wishing they had never been made.
It’s easy to look for someone else to blame when you feel let down or embarrassed by an experience. If you can’t find anyone guilty of the fault, that’s fine, but it probably doesn’t help much either way.
The truth is that we’re all responsible for our behavior – at some point in our lives, we have all made choices and done things that have had a significant impact on our lives. The best thing to do is learn from your mistakes rather than putting yourself down and expecting others to do the same.
When we’re under pressure, we often lose sight of ourselves as well as others. So if you’re feeling low, think about what you can do to improve your own life and happiness.
That’s not to say it’s an easy task, but research suggests that self-care can be beneficial – though it’s always important to remember that you can’t please everyone all the time.
We may feel embarrassed by asking for help (or waiting for it) especially in these difficult economic times, but asking is often a sign of strength rather than weakness, so take the plunge!
In some cases, a professional opinion may be useful – though that depends on the nature of your problem and whether or not you feel comfortable making a formal complaint.
When something goes wrong, it is natural to think about all of the other times you have experienced a similar problem and failed to solve the issue. Try not to do this. Instead, think about all of the times you have succeeded in resolving difficulties, however hard it was at the time.
If you can’t think of any successes, make one up. By focusing on positive memories and ideas, you will help yourself feel less pessimistic and stressed.
It’s easy to feel isolated when life gets tough – especially when we’re supposed to be coping on our own. But reaching out for help is always a more proactive move than simply waiting for things to improve.
However, remember: it’s important to know when the phone is ringing and who is on the other end. If you’re feeling upset or anxious, make sure you know how to contact a friend or family member and find out what they think of your situation.
We’ve all had times when we’ve wished we hadn’t spoken too soon – but luckily there is always time to change course.
Although you can never predict how things are going to go wrong in life, getting into a routine will mean that you can deal with the unexpected much more easily. By creating a set of ‘safe’ habits, you can find some comfort in knowing that even if things do go wrong, you can deal with the situation without panicking or feeling overwhelmed.
By developing a routine, using your common sense and remembering to live and breathe every day for 60 seconds in each minute will become second nature and make coping easier.
One of the best ways to try and take your mind off things is to be active physically. Take up some sport or find a hobby that involves lots of socialising – it doesn’t have to be overly expensive or time-consuming; any kind of activity will do (and you don’t have to be good at it).
In conclusion, when life throws us curveballs, there is no way to avoid them. What’s important is that we learn from them and develop a better understanding of our own personal limits and abilities. We also need to remember that taking the time to reflect on the situation will help us deal with it in a healthy way.
If we’re aware of these things before things go wrong, we will be able to deal with them in the most effective manner possible. Remember: you are not alone!