How can I cope with stress?


To cope with stress, start with having realistic expectations and accepting that there are events you cannot control. Other suggestions include:

Experts agree that coping is a process rather than an event. Thus, an individual may alternate between several of the above coping strategies in order to cope with a stressful event.

  • Maintain emotionally supportive relationships
  • Maintain emotional composure
  • Challenge previously held beliefs that are no longer adaptive
  • Directly attempt to change the source of stress
  • Distance yourself from the source of stress
  • Learn to relax
  • Eat and drink sensibly
  • Stop smoking or other bad habits
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy sense of self-esteem
Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019
Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019


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