Do You Want Effective Coping Strategies For Stress? Here Are 7!

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Who else is looking for effective coping strategies for stress?

Hopefully,  you know what stress is, right?

Unfortunately, if you were to define it your response would probably differ from thousands of others.

The official definition of stress, as per the National Institutes of Health is “how the brain and body respond to any demands.” The response is your body’s defense.

Unfortunately, one of the most challenging things for many women (myself included) is learning effective coping strategies for stress.

Not only are many women struggling with chronic stress at home and at work, but many don’t use effective coping strategies!effective coping strategies for stress

We need to learn how to manage it and cope with it in healthy ways.

Not only will turning to emotional eating or  alcohol provide temporary relief and but it will also fuel other health issues.

That’s definitely NOT what you want.

So,  it’s important that you know how to cope appropriately when experiencing chronic stress.

Healthy & Effective Coping Strategies For Stress

  1. Positive Thinking

Are you a glass half-full type of person? Or, do you see the glass as half empty?

As it turns out your tendency toward optimism or pessimism might just be having an impact on your quality of life.

For the most part, 0ptimistic people are far more effective in dealing with life’s stressful situations.  The result? Their positive, optimistic attitude reduces how stress affects them.

  1. Managing Your Emotional Response

It’s impossible to eliminate every stressor in your life!  We can all agree on.

However, you can develop positive coping strategies to deal with the stress that you can’t get rid of.

In the final analysis remember this – the stress is your body’s response to something, not the something in and of itself.

This makes it easier to identify positive coping strategies…( at least it should)!

Here’s the secret:

It’s all about managing your response to the stress you experience, rather than trying to micromanage the stress that you experience. 

  1. Time Management

A key skill in managing stress is managing time.

Basically, effective time management boils down to three basic things:

  1. Prioritizing your schedule and responsibilities
  2. Using your time wisely and
  3. Making sure there is time for rest and relaxation.

Do you find it difficult to say no to anyone who asks you for help, or asks a favor of you?

NOT saying “NO” could be fueling your stress directly because every time you say yes, something else is impacted.

It always results in more stress.

So the key is learning how to manage your time effectively and take me time without feeling bad or guilty about it. 

  1. Work-Life Balance

This is a HUGE challenge for most women.

It’s not always easy to strike a balance between work, home, and relaxation parts of your life.

But…it’s a necessity if you want to live a stress-resilient life.

It gets even more  complicated for those of us who are caring for aging relatives, dealing with relationship strife, or experiencing financial problems.

It makes it more difficult to focus on work.

Whether your problem is that you focus on work too much (or not enough), when you learn how to strike a balance in 7 crucial areas of your life it will mitigate your stress and its harmful effects. 

  1. Meditation

There is a variety of techniques for meditation, so you can find one that works for you.

Try this one and see if it works for you.

It not only helps to calm your racing mind, it also relieves stress.

It allows you to focus your attention on breathing (or a calming image) and just be still and at peace with yourself. 

  1. Stay The Course

If you used unhealthy coping methods in the past, don’t lose hope.

It isn’t the end of the world if you have a drink.

Just don’t allow unhealthy coping habits to creep back in as a habit. Instead, focus on how you can regain control. 

  1. Social Network

Your social network provides support through the most stressful times.

It could be a support group for women with chronic stress where you share your problems with others struggling with the same thing.  It can also be your friends and family.

Try these simple things for quick relief when you are under stress:

  1. chat on the telephone or via skype,
  2. Share your struggles in a safe, secure, supportive online group
  3. grab coffee with a friend
  4. go out to the movies with a friend
  5. Play board games or card games with your family.

All these things bolster your personal relationships and offers respite when you’re under stress.

It’s easy to see why people slip into the unhealthy ways (e.g. smoking, drinking, over eating etc), they are often perceived  as easier and quicker fixes.

However, there are plenty of effective coping strategies for stress that you can use to deal with stress in a healthy way.

They may take a bit of effort, but they are far more effective than the unhealthy alternatives.

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  1. This is something that I work on constantly. I have RA and have learned the hard way that stress is my enemy. These are all great tips. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Rena, hope you’ve got RA and stress under control now. For ALL of us, chronic stress is definitely the enemy, especially as we age and join the 40+ and 50+ categories.

  2. Darlene, Funny, I’m getting better at time management. I found that was causing me stress. Love your other tips!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Good for you Laurie. Time can be a HUGE stressor if we do not use it wisely. We only got 24 hours each day, and at least 8 should be spent sleeping. Another 8 are spent working in some capacity at home or in an office. The way we spend the last 8 makes all the difference between a chronically stressed lifestyle and a well-balanced, peaceful, happy existence! I choose the last one! 🙂

  3. I discovered a meditative art form called Zentangle. It’s comparable to mindful meditation, I think. You use only a black felt tip pen, a 3.5 x 3.5 inch square of paper, a shading pencil and a blender. It consists of non-objective “tangles” which you created “one stroke at a time”. You definitely don’t have to be an artist. Feel free to remove this link, but this is an explanation of what it is.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Thanks for sharing this information Suzanne! I must be among the last few on earth to hear about this, but it sounds awesome. ANYTHING that helps us relax, unwind, and destress ( with no harmful side effects) has got to be a good thing. This sounds like a potentially good addiction! I’m gonna try it and (hopefully) thank you later. LOL There’s a whole lot of great zentangle supplies on Amazon, and I even found a great beginner’s book for those us of ( like me) just learning about zentangle.

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