Coping Skills

Just as we teach coping skills to those with whom we work, so too can we benefit from continuing to learn such skills. Behavioral techniques are effective ways of dealing with stress. Relaxation skills like deep breathing, guided imagery, and stretching can do wonders for stress reduction and can be wonderfully restorative. Assertiveness training can also be beneficial for those of us who have a difficult time advocating for ourselves. Recognizing areas for self-improvement and acting to change our personal weak spots can do wonders when it comes to dealing with stressful situations. By constantly acknowledging the human need to continue learning and developing, we can continue to update our own skills. In addition to the personal benefits, by refining our personal skills, we become more adept at helping others to refine theirs.