Mental Health

Stress Project: Coping with Stress

Coping definitions:

Coping “Engaging in a behaviour or thought to respond to a demand.” (Greenberg, 2013)
Anticipatory coping “The mental and physical efforts that a human makes to deal with an anticipated stressful event to tolerate, minimize or overcome the emotions associated with stress.” (’s online glossary, n.d.)
Problem-focus coping “The use of activities specific to getting a task done.”
Emotion-focused coping “The use of activities to feel better about the task.” (Greenberg, 2013)
Palliative coping “A positive emotional regulation process during a stressful encounter (e.g., responding, not reacting).”
Instrumental coping “The implementation of a series of effective coping skills to alter one’s behaviour to stress.”
Self-efficiency “A term coined by Albert Bandura to describe a sense of faith that produces a ‘can-do’ attitude.” (Seaward, 2012)

Step 1: Increased Awareness

Becoming more aware of the stressful situation.

Step 2: Information Processing

Finding information and techniques to solve or cope with the problem.

Step 3: Modified behaviours

Using the information/techniques learned in step 3 and applying them, to work towards a solution.

Ultimate Goal: Peaceful Resolution

Reaching a satisfactory resolution and moving on.

References’s online glossary. (n.d.). Anticipatory Coping. Retrieved from

Greenberg, J. (2013). Comprehensive Stress Management (13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Seaward, B. (2012). Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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