Dealing with Stress: Experts Report

To manage stress there are a variety of
different ways that you can go about it, and each person probably should treat it
a bit like a buffet. You kind of want to pick and choose what works in certain
contexts. Sometimes when something is really intense and causing you a lot of
stress—that strategy, some strategies might work for that but not
might not work for something that’s a little less intense or things that are
more chronic or long term. So it really depends on the situation.
For things that are more acute or in the immediate and that are causing a lot of
distress, there are things that you can do such as mindfulness meditation. There
are ways that you can sort of speak to people and get supportive help from the
people around you: loved ones, therapists, friends, colleagues, you know. Journaling
can be helpful. Also challenging some thoughts that might be contributing to
your reaction to the stress that might be making it worse. You know, checking in
about whether or not you’re thinking about things from an emotional state or
you’re thinking about things from a more rational place.

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