Effective Ways to Cope with Stress

Part of the Psychology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Stress is a constant in everyone’s life. Nobody is immune from stress-inducing events and situations. Here are few tips for dealing with stress in your life:

  • Accept responsibility: Take charge of your own part in things instead of focusing on the activities or involvement of others.

  • Analyze the situation logically: Try looking at a situation less emotionally and more logically.

  • Gather information: The more we know, the better we’re able to cope. Find out as much as you can about your situation and what can be done about it.

  • Reappraise or reframe the situation: Look at a situation from a different perspective and try to see the positive side of things.

  • Seek guidance and support: Ask for help from someone you respect or, if you’re more comfortable doing so, from a mental health professional.

  • Use problem-solving skills: Come up with alternatives, select one, try it, and reevaluate the outcomes.

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