In today’s world, more and more people are finding it difficult to cope with the surmounting stress that occurs throughout their daily lives. For certain people who are unable to regulate stress from internal and outside sources, the stress hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline can be released constantly. If you have not learned healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stressful situations you can become addicted to the rush of adrenaline that stress and anxiety cause. By learning to acknowledge how you feel, you can have a positive effect on stress and anxiety. Being in tune with your emotions and understanding how you think allows you to better control how stress affects you.

We are all products of our environment. Many people's early environments lacked the proper developmental skills needed to deal with highly stressful situations. Tools such as mindful awareness of self and others, essential cognitive self-management, and coping skills are often not taught to children at an early age or at all. When this is the case, people are at a severe disadvantage when faced with challenging or frustrating situations as children and adults. You may wonder why schools do not teach these fundamental learning skills to children at an early age? The answer is that it’s not a part of the primary learning program that most educational systems have been teaching for over 40 years. Most public-school systems have not evolved to implement these basic yet highly beneficial life skills to young children. When I say we are products of our environment, I am referring to the early developmental environment. This is known as the most influential and vital time in any person’s life, from birth to age six. A child’s home and family life are very important in shaping who they will become as they develop. The role that parents have in their children’s overall development during these formative years must be understood.

5 Tools to Help Cope With and Regulate Stress

A few of the tools that I have found to be successful when dealing with emotionally challenging or stressful situations are listed below.

  • Incorporating a daily meditation routine
  • Listening to your body and understanding when you are showing physical signs of stress and activating the Vagus Nerve reduces the effects of stress as it occurs.
  • Improving your diet – subtle changes like drinking more water and less sugary or alcoholic beverages can make a big difference in how your body can manage stress
  • Be physically active when you feel anxious or stressed
  • Have a cold shower or bath – doing this can shut down the bodies reaction to stressful situations, especially submerging your face and head into ice-cold water

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