How To Cope With A Stressful Situation

Many of us are struggling with a personal and professional stressful situation that can take a toll on us when we are not careful.

It can be hard to relax when facing uncertainty and challenges. This is mainly due to our emotional responses to difficult situations which often play a major role in our well-being.

Let’s us first look at the cause of stress and how we can measure it against what is manageable and what may require us to pivot through tough times.

1) The cause of stress:
  • The daily grind of doing the same things over and over again and not feeling fulfilled
  • Having to be around people who are not good for us is a big stress
  • Feeling bullied for being different, misunderstood and alienated
  • Toxic leadership and management in the workplace
  • Being too nice to the wrong people
  • Allowing others to disrespect us and not being able to voice our opinions
  • Feeling misunderstood and not having the courage to speak up
  • Feeling fearful and anxious when confronted with challenges
  • Jealousy and backstabbing from people who don’t necessarily even like themselves

The list continues for all of us regardless of our gender, ethnicity and cultural background.

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2) What to do during stressful times:

Practicing self-care may be the best way to cope with these issues step by step

Such as:

  1. Taking the time to unwind and relax with a cuppa
  2. Taking a break from watching too much news and constant strolling on social media as that will further aggravate stress
  3. Staying in contact with trusted friends and family members or professional people such as doctors and therapists
  4. Taking care of yourself, eat your favourite meal and get plenty of rest.
  5. Making time for meditation before or after sleep and light exercises such as walking and stretching
  6. Minimising the use of alcohol and other substances as coping mechanism

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3)  Self-Care and Awareness:

It is important to keep yourself occupied with things that bring you the most joy and satisfaction such as spending time alone reading or even switching off the cellphone and spring cleaning the house.

What do you I need right now? Is one of the best things to check in with yourself from time to time.

4) Working around the problem:

Looking at the situation objectively rather than emotionally is in itself often a challenge but that is a good sign of maturity.

Evaluate your involvement in the situation and think of how you could have handled it better and forgive yourself for not yet having the emotional, financial or mental capacity to address the issue is vital.

Give yourself several options and write down what you wish to accomplish by seeing things differently than what you’re currently experiencing.

5) Coming out stronger from this experience:

Learning to survive under the circumstances and learning how to live with a problem of any scale is something that we collectively are experiencing.

However, like all other challenges you’ve had previously, this too shall pass.

This is why it’s best to learn from the experience. Take this opportunity to learn new things, find progressive and several ways to resolve it.

Seek guidance and support from people who’ve been in similar situations but know how to implement it according to your individual capabilities.

Some people are utilizing this opportunity to learn new skills and be better at their jobs or starting a new business on the side and gradually improving as a person.

At the end of the day, it’s important to seek what makes you feel better and what’s best for you.

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The Learning Lessons:

If anything, this crisis or problems is giving us the opportunity to appreciate the little things in life.

“It’s time for great changes to happen for us and not to us” quoted by Dr. DeMartini.

The simplicity of a good healthy routine or the ability to sustain ourselves during this tough time is all a learning process.

You can find a lot of things to appreciate, and it will effectively help you pivot. Remember there are people who have seen you in your best life and that it hasn’t been all that bad all the time.

You’ve had good experiences; you’ve enjoyed yourself at least once in life and it is good practise to remember those fond moments.

Taking preventative measures to reduce stress:

We need to feel some kind of control over our lives so by continuously reflecting and doing the inner work can help.

How we think is very important in decision making, for example instead of choosing to be fearful of what may happen choose instead to see it as an opportunity to do things better.

Your perspective and mindset is everything. Think rationally and objectively

Activities to overcome stress:

There are a lot of ways to keep fit and happy.

Limiting the need to engross yourself with sensationalism of the media and finding positive contents online can help. Find information that feeds your well-being and reduce the need to feed the misery. 

Hobbies are a great way to spend time with yourself or with other people.

Art therapy is one of the many sure ways to increase serotonin levels that will help you feel better.

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Go for long walks with your dog or with someone you haven’t caught up in a long time.

Spend quiet time in parks and get in touch with mother nature giving thanks to everything that you have in life.


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