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Positive Coping Strategies

  • Coping means being able to deal with problems and troubles encountered in life. 
  • Effective coping skills can help you ease the emotional stress you feel when dealing with life’s difficulties. 
  • Learning and practicing basic coping skills greatly contributes to maintaining a healthy attitude, and an understanding of life’s ups and downs. 

Coping with Stress
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Information overload:

  • The number and size of class assignments.
  • Your workload.
  • Your exams.
  • Your assignment due dates.
Re-evaluate your time management plan:

  • Consider reducing your course load.
  • Form a study group for support and assistance.
  • Speak with your instructor about your curriculum.
  • Use your college or university support services. 

  • A mismatch of your instructor’s teaching method and your learning style.
  • Form a study group.
  • Stress carriers (peers who are also stressed).
  • Find more supportive and positive friends.
  • Seek counselling services.
Self-doubt due to:

  • High expectations of yourself.
  • Family pressures.
  • Concerns about your career choices.
  • Class presentations.
  • Low exam grades.
  • Academic competition.
  • Do practice tests.
  • Avoid cramming.
  • Take a stress management course.
  • Seek counselling services.
  • Use your college or university tutoring services.
  • A mismatch of your instructor’s teaching method and your learning style.
  • Form a study group.
  • Stress carriers (peers who are also stressed).
  • Find more supportive and positive friends.
  • Seek counselling services.
Interpersonal relationships:

  • Family responsibilities/conflicts.
  • Love decisions.
  • Social pressures.
  • Sexual pressures/fears.
  • Religious conflicts.
  • Job conflicts.
  • Seek counselling services.
  • Talk with family and friends. 
  • Examine your values and priorities.
Intrapersonal challenges:
  • Social anonymity.
  • Loneliness.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Seek counseling services.
  • Attend campus activities.
  • Join student organizations.
  • Volunteer your services.
  • Financial concerns
  • Investigate campus loans, grants and scholarships.
  • Share expenses.
  • Cut your current expenses.
  • Seek additional employment.

Remember:

You can always get support from the disability services Office.