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6 Steps to Cope Better with Any Situation

The Adaptive and Non Adaptive Coping Thoughts is a practical tool you can use to help you face adversity.

You can learn and grow your resilience. That's right. A good resilience practice can greatly help you to adapt to life-changing and stressful situations. At the same time, encourage personal growth.

Positive emotions like gratitude, joy and peace, and negative emotions like sadness, anger and regret influence our ability to be resilient. Therefore, adapting more positive emotions will expand your focus, thereby supporting you with more creative ways to grapple with your problems.

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STEP 1 Describe a challenging situation.

STEP 1 Describe a challenging situation.

What is the challenge you are facing? Write it down so you understand it clearly.

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Step 2 Observe your thoughts about the situation.

Step 2 Observe your thoughts about the situation.

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Spend time alone taking stock of your thoughts and opinion about the situation you are facing. Write them down. Write down what comes up.

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Step 3 Reflect on different styles of coping : active, surrender, passive, and over- control.

Step 3 Reflect on different styles of coping : active, surrender, passive, and over- control.

Do you actively take action about the situation? Do you give up hope? Do you do nothing about the situation? Are you over-bearing? What is more likely your coping style?

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Step 4 Identify the coping style you are using from your thoughts.

Step 4 Identify the coping style you are using from your thoughts.

Identify it. Write it down.

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Step 5 Assess the helpfulness of your coping style.

Step 5 Assess the helpfulness of your coping style.

How is your style working out for you? How is it supporting you to achieve the outcomes you desire?

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Step 6 Move toward a more helpful coping style.

Step 6 Move toward a more helpful coping style.

Make the choice that will move you toward a positive resolution. Take action.

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