Stressful events can make
you feel bad about yourself. You might start focusing on only the bad and not
the good in a situation. That's called negative thinking. It can make you feel
afraid, insecure, depressed, or anxious. It's also common to feel a lack of
control or self-worth.
Negative thinking can trigger your
stress response, just as a real threat does. Dealing
with these negative thoughts and the way you see things can help reduce stress.
You can learn these techniques on your own, or you can get help from a
counselor. Here are some ideas:
Positive thinking helps you cope with a
problem by changing the way you think. How you think affects how you feel. See
Positive Thinking, or try:
Positive Thinking: Stopping Unwanted Thoughts.
Problem solving helps you identify all aspects of a
stressful event, find things you may be able to change, and deal with things
you can't change.
Assertive communication helps you
express how you feel in a thoughtful, tactful way. Not being able to talk about
your needs and concerns creates stress and can make negative feelings worse.
Stress Management: Reducing Stress by Being Assertive.