Have you had times where you had to find a way to cope with something unpleasant? Were you ever a little too dramatic about a situation?
This video features a young girl who is having a splinter removed from her knee. From the sound of it, you'd think it was a major surgery without medication. To try to cope with her discomfort, Francesca sings — or rather passionately yells and cries — "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" from Disney's "Frozen." The display of dramatics speaks for itself. But that was her way of coping with the discomfort and stress of the situation.
How do you cope? Do you...
talk to a friend?
sleep it off?
binge on junk food?
yell and scream?
participate in harmful activities (drugs, alcohol, self-harm)?
Whatever way you choose to cope, try to make it a healthy choice. Engaging in harmful behaviors will only make matters worse. Singing, talking with a friend or praying are some ways to cope in a healthy manner. Read Life is hard: How are you coping? for some coping strategies.
Try to not overstress about something. Sometimes we get overwhelmed about things that, if we can take a step back, aren't as bad as they seem. Trying to remain calm or taking a break from the situation can help us see the problem more clearly. Avoid becoming overly dramatic. This can make the problem worse — either for you or those around you. Do you have dramatic tendencies? Read Too much drama? It might be you to find out.
No matter the circumstance, there are ways to cope. From there, you can seek solutions and help when needed. Keep things in perspective and remember to breathe in and out slowly.
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