The Best Coping Skills for Finding Calm in a Stressful Environment
If you’re living or working in a stressful environment, chances are it isn’t just that aspect of your life that’s suffering from the strain. If we’re caught up in an ongoing stressful situation, there isn’t much of our life that remains untouched by the anxiety, anger, worry, and frustration that comes from dealing with these problems on an ongoing basis. If you’re struggling with how to deal with your emotions in these stressful situations, the best thing that you can do for yourself is come up with some coping strategies.
Today, we’re here to suggest a few that you can try. That way, you can minimize the impact of the stress on your life and help avoid the physical and emotional problems that come from being in a situation that causes so much distress. Over time, you should be able to use these coping skills to help yourself avoid getting so overwhelmed in the first place.
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Take a few deep breaths
One of the best things that you can do when you’re in the middle of a stressful situation is to take a few deep breaths. It’s something that our body does all the time, but when we’re in a heightened, stressful situation, often our body starts to engage our fight or flight response, which can cause us to take faster shallower breaths.
The best thing that you can do to take yourself out of the fight or flight response is to deliberately slow your breathing down. Inhale slowly in through your nose for a count of four, and exhale slowly out through your mouth. Do this several times, or for up to one minute.
This breathing exercise is quiet and discrete, so you can do it at work, or in a public area. The faster you’re able to calm your breathing, the easier it will be for your mind to sharpen and focus.