Unfortunately, there is no pill or quick fix for stress. Each individual must cope with it emotionally in order to prevent the physical effects. This means learning techniques that help to curb immediate reactions to stressful situations.
The following are some of the best ways to deal with stress in a healthier way:
1) COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Working with a qualified therapist to alter behavior can be very helpful, as it teaches patients to substitute positive thoughts for thoughts that provoke anxiety.
2) COPING SKILLS TRAINING
Learning these skills – mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance – helps the individual react more calmly when difficult circumstances arise.
3) RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
A variety of techniques that promote relaxation have been shown to reduce the levels of the aforementioned circulating stress hormones. These techniques include deep rhythmic breathing, progressive relaxation, and visual imagery (see feb blog).