Hi Scully, I have never had any success coping with stress. I have had a LOT of success identifying the cause of the stress and eliminating it from my life.
Coping with stress is nothing more than making a decision to stay in the stress.
Change is they way out of stress.
Nothing causes stress like not changing something that needs to be changed.
Not making change is usually caused by fear.
Fear is nothing more than a vote against me, a vote against my ability to handle whatever might happen.
The opposite of fear is confidence. Confidence in me is "self confidence".
The way I achieve confidence is to try things and succeeding, or trying things and failing and learning from my failed attempt and try again differently.
Stress is like the red warning light on the dash of the car. When it comes on, it means something is wrong, something needs to be changed . . . . or a breakdown is in the future. When I experience stress it means something is wrong . . . . something needs to be changed.
A wonderful sage and author who speaks and writes on this subject is Doug Kelley. Maybe you will look up some of his work sometime.
My best to you, gary
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