Slow down

Slow down

Try not to react immediately, but be patient and gather as much information as possible.

If the problem will not matter a year from now, distance yourself somewhat from the situation to gain perspective.

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Stay positive

When you are in a stressful situation, do not allow your mind to imagine the worst-case scenario. 

Focus your mind on something positive.

Never ask “what if?”

The "what if" line of questioning induces panic and lets you focus on imagined situations that escalate the problem.

Focus on the facts and work on a solution.

Take care of your body

If your personal health is taken care of, you'll get better at dealing with a crisis.

Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep.

Limit caffeine

When you are in a difficult situation, drinking caffeine may trigger the release of adrenalin. It will give a quick burst of energy followed by a crash that will leave you fatigued and irritable.

Use your support system

Someone who is not invested in the situation will be able to have a better perspective. They might also be able to help you find a different solution.

Disconnect

Withdraw from the situation for a while to allow yourself to process the problem and the surrounding emotions.

You will be able to approach the situation with a renewed perspective.

Develop a coping strategy

Take regular walks or join an exercise class.

These techniques can reduce your stress and help you feel more empowered.

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Take action

Don’t allow yourself to become paralyzed, numb or detached during a crisis situation or a traumatic event. And don’t wait for someone else to come and save the day.

Remind yourself that you’re not at the mercy of events beyond your control; you can always do something.

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Greater Perspective

Thinking outside the box can expand your worldview, allowing you to have a greater perspective on the events in your life. When you’re willing to consider alternative ways and points of view, you can find more potential solutions.

A greater perspective can make you more receptive to different ideas, which means that you won’t be limited by a small worldview. 

Once you’ve identified the changes you want to make, pick just one thing that you want to work on.

If you’re disorganized or constantly getting off track from what you should be doing, take five minutes every morning to tidy your desk and write a to-do list.

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