Section VOther Life Situation Interventions: Effective CommunicationTechniquesTo use communication to help cope with stress, you need to know both how to communicate yourfeelings of stress to other people and how to communicate acceptance and understanding when otherpeople share their stressful feelings with you. This section concerns these two communication skills.Scale 5.1: How Well Can You Communicate Your Feelings of Stress to Other People?Research shows that if you can share your feelings of stress with other people—loved ones, friends,relatives, co-workers, and classmates—you will be less apt to suffer from the negative effects of thatstress. Just “venting” makes you feel that someone else cares—after all, these other people careenough about you to listen and attempt to recommend ways for you to feel better. Are you able totake advantage of this important resource? The scale that follows will help you determine how wellyou can communicate your feelings of stress to other people.
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