Maintain Multiple Coping Strategies To Deal With Sudden Emotional Needs

Maintain Multiple Coping Strategies to Deal With Sudden Emotional Needs

Everyone has a time when they're overwhelmed or unable to cope with a situation. When you need to deal with a heavy emotional burden, make sure you have more than one plan. Photo by Kiran Foster.

As tips site Barking Up the Wrong Tree points out, there is more than one way to deal with your overflowing emotions. For example, if you're angry, you can count your breaths, go for a walk or punch something soft. However, if you get angry in a meeting, you can't exactly go that last route. Knowing multiple ways you can deal with your emotions when they flare up is key to handling them in real life:

All of us have one way we typically cope with difficulty, but what sets extremely resilient people apart is they use a number of ways to deal with stressful situations.

The site refers to this as "cognitive flexibility". You can think of your coping mechanisms like a tool belt. When you need a hammer, you have it on hand, but you don't want that to be the only tool you use. By knowing and practising several different ways to cope with your emotions, you can whip out the right tool when it's needed.

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