How can I make coping with stress into my superpower?
Sometimes stress gets too intense and you need a way to cope with it. This can manifest in so many forms … Netflix, chocolate, wine, reading, smoking, running … literally anything that is reaction to your desire to self-sooth after a stress attack. We call this coping.
There’s no doubt that every human copes. We do not suggest that coping is wrong (we assume you are human); we do suggest that you have the power to own what kind of coping you choose to use. By being fully aware of your coping defaults, you can have a win-win scenario by simply deciding between continuing to use that coping mechanism or deciding if you want to replace it with something more healthy or more useful.
Just like stress is a power tool that is within your control to handle, coping is an equally powerful tool. You can make the coping tool work for you constructively by simply knowing what they are, determining if they are serving you, and if not finding alternatives that do serve you.
Taking the time to understand your coping mechanisms isn’t about finding more ways that you need to be better. It’s simply about building self-awareness of what you are doing so that you can more easily get to what you WANT to be doing!
Become so good at coping with your stress that it is your new super-power!
crosslinked and co-written with The Hedgehog Way