Coping with the Unexpected

What is it?

The unexpected can take many forms such as a change in financial situation, an illness or injury, a lower grade than anticpated. Common reactions include shock, stress, and emotional distress. In addition to these responses, you may also experience physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches, or changes in sleep or appetite. 

What can help?

Keep things in perspective.

When the unexpected occurs, it is not uncommon to focus on how disruptive the event is. It is important to give yourself a moment to step back and clarify the impact of the event.

Develop a game plan.

People often don’t know what steps to take to move forward after an unexpected event has occurred. Taking time to identify small steps to move forward can help regain a sense of stability.

Manage your stress.

When faced with unexpected stressors, it can be helpful to rely on more on our usual coping strategies. This could look like spending more time with friends or family, relaxing, exercising, or focusing on a new hobby.