What To Do When Dealing With Stressful Situations: 3 Effective Tips
As young adults develop their talents in school, workplace and social groups, they explore new areas about themselves and the world. While young adults can master the demands of certain situations they encounter when developing their talents, they may struggle to cope with certain types of Stress.
For all of us, stress is our natural mental and physical reaction to changes and events to prepare us to address them directly or avoid them. Some young adults have the personality and relationships needed to cope with stress so it motivates instead of deflates them. Other young adults, however, do not have the coping skills and support needed to put stress into perspective and use methods to manage it well.
Stress is impossible to eliminate from your life but what is important is that you can learn ways of coping with stress and manage it much more effectively. In fact, it’s important to learn new ways of coping with stress to ensure that you maintain a sound mental and physical state of being. Stress can cause you to become dysfunctional and have detrimental effects on your physical health through loss of appetite, heart related conditions, increased blood pressure and so on.
That’s why it’s wise to learn a few ways of coping with stress and manage stress effectively. The following are some simple yet very effective tips for coping with stress:
Improved communication is the second method for coping with stress
When conflict arises, search for common ground, share your ideas and your emotions. As an illustration, communication problems are often caused because tone is nonexistent particularly in emails/text messages. We write with tone but often don’t proofread emails/text messages to remove things that could be misinterpreted. Email/ text messages tone is just one source of miscommunication. People often don’t understand what other people’s objectives are in given situation. Taking time to understand what other people want to get out of a conversation can help you avoid the stress of communication problems.
Get adequate exercise
It’s easy to overlook exercise as an effective means for coping with stress but regular exercise can really help you manage you stress effectively. Firstly, engaging in physical activity provides a great means for relieving your mind of any worry. Instead of pondering on your own thoughts and making matter worse you can channel that negative energy into something productive. Secondly, exercise can help you release that inner-tension that can build up from stress. A hard day at the office for instance can really have a negative impact and cause your body to feel fatigued, tense and agitated.
Improve on your level of flexibility (scheduling)
Being too rigid or stubborn causes conflict, problems and ultimately stress. How flexible are you when it comes to reacting to difficult situations? We all need to stand our ground on certain issues but we also have areas of our life where we could be more flexible. It doesn’t matter if you choose to do this through compromise or by choosing which battles are worth fighting. Recognize that your way is not always the right way and that other people may just be as effective doing things their way. Recognizing how you can be more flexible take a conscious effort and lots of practice. Each of these stress reduction methods can work as standalone solutions or they can be used in conjunction with the other three.
Finding what causes stress is only half the battle. Learning how to cope is the key. Most people would like to eliminate stress completely. Without some amount of stress, we would view our lives as unexciting. However, we do want stress levels to remain manageable.
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