Coping with Stress

Coping can take many different forms. A person can cope by using a problem-focused or an emotionally-focused approach. 

A problem-focused approach is when the person attempts to change the stressor responsible for the distress. This form of coping is not always an option. 

Emotion-focused coping is used when a person must endure the stressor. This type of coping focuses on changing the emotions associated with the stressor. In other words, if you cannot change the problem, then change how you feel about the problem. 

In therapy, clients learn how to cope with stressors that cannot be directly impacted. A licensed professional can help you learn to manage the stressors and/or the emotions that are causing distress.