Controlling Yourself & Dealing with Stressful Situations, 2May 9, 2023
In the mental health field, many of us use the term "healthy coping skills." This term is broad and generic. Yet, if I rephrase it and ask "What do you like to do when you're stressed?" the answers are very helpful.
I can think of a million things to do when we are stressed. Some of my personal favorites include: watching a sunrise/sunset, imagine being at the beach, taking a hot bubble bath, eat chocolate, adjust your attitude, think about the good side of things, listen to music, go for a walk, talk things out with a loved one or counselor, get a massage, accept your imperfections, draw/paint, look at photos, play with a pet, plan a vacation, and there are many, many more.
Finding something you can do when you are stressed is the best way to cope with difficult situations and people. The questions are "What is your favorite? Does it work for you?"
Finally, remember that what works for one person may not work for another.
So, go out there and explore your own life to see what is helpful for you in times of stress.
Laura Langley, MS, LPC-S was born & raised in Southeast Texas. She earned both her Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees from the Psychology Dept at Lamar University. After graduating with her Master’s in 2005, she joined Samaritan Counseling Center in 2006 in order to complete her internship to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. She gained experience serving children, teens, adults, & couples. When her internship was completed in 2008, Laura began working with kids & teens in the foster care system as she accepted a job with Buckner Children & Family Services. In 2011, Laura moved out of the area & gained supervisory & management experience working for a local mental health authority (formerly known as a MHMR). Laura returned to Southeast Texas in 2015, where she began working for Family Services of Southeast Texas for the next 6 yrs. There she continued to provide counseling to individuals as well as lead classes in Parenting and also Anger Management. In October 2021, Laura returned to her roots by rejoining Samaritan Counseling Center. In addition to her 15+ yrs of experience, Laura brings with her welcoming personality, an eagerness to laugh, a desire to see people change while also meeting people “where they are”.