Distress is a natural part of life.
Every person at some point or another needs to face discomfort and anxiety; it’s not a question of whether you’ll have to endure it, but when.
Greater tolerance to distress and anxiety can be mastered over time using just a few simple steps.
Step 1: Identify your triggers
Step 2: Pay attention to your warning signs
Step 3: Forego your escape mechanism and do the opposite
Step 4: Accept your distress and discomfort
Step 5: Making friends with distress
Whether you choose to practice an emotional exposure ladder or simply want to do your action plan when distress naturally rears its head, if you can stay with the emotion in the present, breathe, reorient your behavior, and reward any successes, you essentially train yourself toward greater emotional control and stability.
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