Coping In Stressful Situations

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry but I feel I haven’t been putting a lot of effort into submitting these blog posts because I’ve actually been quite busy! But that’s besides the point. I wanted to do a blog post for a while now about what to do in a stressful situation but didn’t know much about how to cope in stressful situations! But over the past few weeks, I’ve put myself into stressful situations. Mostly, I have been avoiding one of the biggest stress in my life which is school. But, anyways, I have been in very stressful situations where sometimes I just wanted to sit on the floor and cry and scream but, instead, I have coped using these strategies:

1: One of the ones I use an awful lot is self – talk. This means I would say things in my head like, “It’s going to be ok.” And, “I don’t have to stay here for much longer.” This may seem stupid and sound so weird, but, when I’m in a stressful situation I find myself doing this more and more!

2: Identify what you’re stressing about. This is really hard because sometimes you have so many thoughts that you can’t pick out just one. I know that feeling. So what I do is I ask myself, “What exactly am I worried about?” I then go through a list of things that might worry me like the amount of people there or even how I look.

3: Breathe. One of the breathing techniques my psychiatrist taught me was: Breathe in for 2, Hold for 4, Let it out for 6. There are so many breathing techniques out there that you guys should try. I personally don’t find breathing techniques useful unless of course I feel I may have a panic attack. 🙂

4: Distract yourself. This one I do an awful lot. I do things like: read, listen to music, or exercise. Well… I don’t exercise much but I am trying these days to do it as much as I can! But if your out and about you can of course still listen to music or read a magazine or do something you enjoy!

5: Remove yourself from that situation. This one I don’t suggest doing too much, but if you feel like you have been pushed over the edge and might have a huge panic attack or something very bad, just remove yourself from that situation. I think it’s good to get out and try to overcome your stress but at the same time it’s not good if you’re really stressing yourself out to the point where you may have a panic attack. If you have to do this, don’t stress; just try again another time! 😉

Ok guys I really hope you enjoyed this! And don’t forget to smile! 🙂

P.S. If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. ~ E. Joseph Cossman

Love….

Caitlin 🙂

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