Working Through It

The following are some techniques which may help you to control the stress response:

  • Taking time to pause before you react or say anything
  • Breathing deeply and slowly to help reverse or stop some of these reactions
  • Relaxing your muscles by thinking about where the tightness is and releasing it
  • Diverting your attention from the stress by focusing on something else (e.g. counting, reading, listening to music)
  • Reminding yourself that this will pass
  • Sitting quietly until the responses subside
  • Allowing yourself the opportunity to understand what your feelings mean for you, rather than trying to simply stop them


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