Are there adaptive and non-adaptive responses to stress? Can I control my body’s physiology? Can I control my thoughts? 

What determines how we feel at any given moment? 

Anthony Robbins simplifies it. Two factors - our physiology and our thoughts:

  • To illustrate the importance of physiology, consider how you feel when you have not rested or slept well; when your body lacks glycogen, nutrients, water, or oxygen. The reasonable next question to ask is “Can we control our physiology?” We can, and we do all the time; eating, drinking, deep breathing, moving – as if by miracle – formulate our body’s chemistry and affect the way we feel.

  • External events and conditions do influence our thoughts. Optimally, changing a situation resolves the problem and reduces stress. Yet, we do not always have control over the external parameters. Rather than altering external conditions, most cognitive techniques focus on changing one’s emotions by changing the ways we think and respond to events.

Coping responses

There is no single way to respond to a stressful situation. Two people may respond to the same event in completely different ways.

Some coping responses are healthier and more effective than others. Contrast for example, lighting a cigarette to going for a walk. Coping responses that are the result of conscious thought and planning may be referred to as stress management strategies.

"When it rains, I let it." 113-year-old man in response to a question about the secret of his longevity .


How do you manage your stress? What are your favourite coping responses? What are some healthier options

Dr Ro, Idiots are Invincible