Strategies for Managing Difficult Situations

In the aftermath of tragic circumstances near the community where I live – it seemed appropriate to write about strategies for managing difficult situations or people. Last week a tragic accident claimed the lives of 15 people that were part of a community sports team.  Families have lost children and communities have lost friends.  The current mood is one of grief and sorrow.

Strategies for coping with difficult situations, circumstances or people involve the following:

  1. Identify and use your support network.

Be it a friend, a trusted co-worker, a neighbour, or an EAP counsellor – reach out, connect and share your feelings (if possible) or simply what is occurring to you and around you in the aftermath.  Focus on expressing what you need from the other person.  Examples may be a safe place to share grief, the need for someone to simply listen, or a scheduled break from your usual routine.

  1. Get some sleep.

Self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present. A good night’s sleep gives you the perspective you need to deal with the situation you are in.

  1. Set boundaries

When you are vulnerable it is important to have boundaries in place.  Take time for yourself to rest and recoup. Avoid as much as possible other scenarios or people that will add to your stress factor. When you have looked after yourself you are in a better position to offer support or request the support you need.

Practicing the above behaviours allows for the relief of stress.

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