Ways to Calm Stress

The way individuals calm themselves down and cope with stress can be classified as adaptive or maladaptive. Adaptive coping protects health versus maladaptive which is detrimental to health.  But how do we really know?

  1. When we begin to realise our current coping behaviour is discrepant with who we are- we don’t like it. Some examples include: drinking alcohol every night to get to sleep; weight gain related to comfort eating, feeling too tired to exercise.
  2. So, instead of making us feel better it creates further worry, stress and burn out. For example we don’t have the energy for work so we call in sick- work starts to question the leave then we worry about losing our jobs- increasing our stress requiring more time off work.