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How can you cope with stress?

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Cope with stress in the following ways:

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.

  • Have realistic expectations; accept that there are events you cannot control.
  • Ask others to help or assist you.
  • Take responsibility for the situation.
  • Engage in problem solving.
  • Express distressing emotions. Be assertive instead of aggressive. "Assert" your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, combative, or passive.
  • 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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