The Worst Thing You Can Do

Posted by M ws On Friday, June 29, 2012 0 comments
According to an article in The Daily Mail:

There are days that leave the best of us feeling worn out and stressed.

But venting your frustrations is the worst thing you can do, according to scientists.

Instead, it is better to 'positively appraise' the cause of your stress with acceptance and humour as these are the most effective coping strategies for people dealing with failures.

Researchers from the University of Kent had 149 students keep a diary for between three to 14 days.

Each day, the students detailed their most bothersome failure, the strategies they used to cope with the failure and how they felt at the end of the day.

Their coping strategies included using emotional or instrumental support; self-distraction; denial; religion; venting; substance use; self-blame; and behavioural disengagement.

Of these, using social support; denial; venting; behavioural disengagement; and self-blame coping had negative effects on satisfaction at the end of the day.

The more students used these coping strategies in dealing with the day's most bothersome failure, the less satisfied they felt.

In contrast, positive reframing or trying to see things in a more positive light; acceptance and humour coping had positive effects on satisfaction.

The more students used these coping strategies in dealing with failures, the more satisfied they felt at the end of the day.

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