Stress Management Workshop: Week Four
What is Situational Stress?
- You experience situational stress when you’re in a scary situation you have no control over.
- This could be an emergency, but more commonly it’s a situation that involves conflict or a loss of status/acceptance in the eyes of your group.
- e.g. Getting fired from your job
- e.g. Making a major mistake in front of others
Coping skills to manage situational stress
KEY POINT: This type of stress often appears suddenly, like in a situation you did not anticipate, so it is important to increase your awareness and skills.
Technique 1: Recognize “automatic” physical and emotional signals that your body sends out when you’re under pressure
- Every person reacts differently to situational stress.
- How do you respond to stress?
- How can you control this response?
- Back to Week One to review Physical and Emotional Signs
Technique 2: Use effective conflict resolution skills
- Conflicts are an important cause of situational stress.
- Try to come up with win-win solutions to the problem.
Technique 3: Acknowledge, name, and manage emotions in the moment
- Ask yourself: “What feeling am I experiencing right now?”
- Use coping skills to manage those feelings