Mandy Kloppers

21 Positive Coping Strategies for Stress



21 Positive Coping Strategies for Stress

Stress affects us all. It’s part of modern life but there are ways to manage stress and to embrace it rather than resist it. Here’s how:

  1. Abdominal (deep) breathing and relaxation
  2. Regular exercise
  3. Downtime – take time out
  4. Mini breaks
  5. Time management – know your priorities
  6. Sleep – regular and at least six hours per night
  7. Material security
  8. Social support – friends and family
  9. Self nurturing – look after yourself
  10. Good communication, be assertive and ask for what you want
  11. Recreational activities – playtime
  12. Emotional release – laugh, have fun.
  13. Sense of humour – takes the edge off the seriousness of life
  14. Constructive thinking – dismiss negative thoughts and problem solving
  15. Distraction – ability to focus on other things rather than your worries
  16. Acceptance
  17. Tolerance of uncertainty – life has no guarantees, work with it. Stop resisting what you can’t change
  18. Task oriented – problem solving. Do something rather than overthink it
  19. Goals to work towards
  20. Positive philosophy in life
  21. Mindfulness – try to live more in the moment than live in the past/future

Stress is vital as it helps us to prepare for challenges. Not all stress is bad but when we feel overwhelmed, the above list can help to ease the worries.

Mandy X