Under stress do you naturally draw near to others or distance yourself from others as a way to tone down your anxiety?

  • Fact: We all do it automatically. When under stress we instinctively off-load the built-up anxiety by “talking things over” with someone who will listen; or, in the opposite direction, we take the “I’m out of here” approach to stress reduction. When we do either of these too frequently, we easily lose a healthy balance and become rigid and one-dimensional in our relationships with coworkers, friends or family members.
  • Action: Think about the last few stressful encounters you have had with coworkers, family or friends. Select one individual with whom you want to strike a more balanced relationship. Make an improvement plan; take action; see what happens.

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