Not all stressors are avoidable, but their influence can be buffered by adopting healthy coping strategies. Coping skills are like any other skill: The more you practice them, the more effective they will be.
Dealing effectively with stress is a four-step process:
Step 3: Evaluate the gravity of the stressor and its potential impact. Ask yourself these three questions:
Let's start with the physical symptoms. Distress is incompatible with calmness, which means that you can't feel stressed and calm at the same time. Here are some tips to reduce the physical impact of stress:
Deep breathing: When you're anxious or under stress, you are more likely to take shallow breaths. Breathing from your diaphragm is a simple yet effective technique to bring your body back to homeostasis, physiologically and emotionally.