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TOPIC: "How to survive unexpected stressful situations."

"How to survive unexpected stressful situations." 22 May 2016 21:52 #9897

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I read an interesting article on Psychology Today called "How to survive unexpected stressful situations." It discusses how "negative emotions, such as fear, anger, and frustration can actually cause your brain’s executive network, which is responsible for problem solving, to constrict and work less effectively," and how positive emotions actually helps our brain to be more creative and come up with more solutions to our problems. The article provides a few helpful tips for dealing with these type of problems:

1. Pause before you act.
"By pausing and taking time to think, you give yourself a window of opportunity to pick a better option," choosing a response to the situation, instead of simply letting whatever reaction that occurs naturally make you respond to the situation in a way that isn't very helpful.

2. Don’t assume that the things you don’t want are bad.
When things we see as "bad" happen to us, we usually only focus on the negative. But "for most of the things that happen to you in life, there's no way of knowing whether they will be a bad thing or a good thing." This is very true, as negative results can lead us on to paths we never would have come to, had that thing not happened. "You never know what will come of a situation, so rather than assuming a situation is bad, which only generates lots of unhelpful, negative emotions, practice saying to yourself, "We shall see." Then make an effort to look ahead with hope."

3. Plan for everything to turn out well.
"An unexpected event is one you didn’t plan for, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan to create the best possible outcome from the situation. We all have the ability to shift our attention from an unexpected event that seems like a big problem and focus instead on finding the solution."

4. Trust in your ability to be OK.
"Most people have been through more than one difficult thing in their life. If you are an average person, you’ve probably been through several significant life challenges and quite a few smaller bumps in the road. No one likes these, but most of us survive them. When you are in the middle of a difficult situation instead of assuming it won’t work out for you, think about the things you have already been through and ask yourself this: 'What did I do to get through those events?'"

These were some highlights from the article, you can read the whole thing here.
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"How to survive unexpected stressful situations." 22 May 2016 22:00 #9901

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Nice posting I like that you did some research about stress, and also what Psychology Today offers from the article. Stress is so constant that its hard not to fall through the cracks when dealing with stressful situations. People have to try and remain calm which isn't always easy to do, but I like the tips or advice that they provide for different types of problems. This post is helpful and thoughtful because people deal with stress on a daily, and some don't know how to cope with it.
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"How to survive unexpected stressful situations." 29 May 2016 12:20 #9952

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That's a wonderful article Janet. Ninety percent of the things we worry about never take place, and when they do take place, they are not as bad as imagined. It is always a matter of perspective. We have the choice of letting love guide us, or letting fear guide us. We can either look at life happening to us, or life happening for us. Once we have the ability to convert pain into wisdom, we can never lose. We can learn from everything to help us become a better person than we were yesterday.
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