- Step outside of the situation and think objectively. For example, ask yourself if a friend had this problem instead of you, what advice would you give him or her to help them cope?
- Recognize triggers that cause negative emotions. For example, if visiting the doctor is stressful, how can you structure that experience to help reduce stress? Possibly by writing down your questions ahead of time, leaving plenty of time to get to the doctor, and bringing a pleasant book or magazine to browse, in case you need to wait.
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