Learning to Tolerate Distress (COD Lesson)
When circumstances feel overwhelming, a person may be flooded with wide-ranging emotions. Frustration, confusion, anxiety, despair, and anger all pile up to create an overpowering experience. Distressing experiences can create a desire to flee the pain, escape the feelings, and avoid the problems of life. In times like these, the temptation to drink or use drugs again can feel crushing, but it is possible to stay strong and emotionally balanced. A variety of skills can help reduce the pain of stressful situations. Stress cannot always be prevented, but it can be managed. In this lesson, explore how stress affects your emotions. Discover and develop ways to manage your stress.