YouTube Clips that Highlight iCope Principles

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Millennials (those roughly between 20-32 years old) face some unique issues in today’s world. This humorous clip helps convey how this all happened.

Good communication skills are important in dealing with a variety of stressful situations that can occur in any relationship, even good ones. This humorous clip highlights a common complaint, but also shows how both parties need to be flexible at times.

If you have trouble focusing on a meditative type of relaxation as described in the book and on this site, it sometimes can help to have some soft music to listen to while you relax. Try the Pachelbel Canon, which was effectively used in workshops by Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles.

Caffeine use in coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc. is the most common indication that increasing stress is often helpful in energizing our daily functioning. This well done Red Bull commercial is a good demonstration that some individuals thrive on the stress-induced adrenaline rush. Again, not all stress is unwanted.

All stress (or arousal) is not bad – it can be energizing. An iCope principle is that you might at times need to increase arousal to feel good or perform well. Every competitive athlete knows this. This is an entertaining clip showing this principle in action.

This upbeat Happy song might not only help defuse some stress, but it almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 180 million hits on YouTube is impressive, to say the least.

One of the core coping skills is to think rationally about the stress being confronted. One belief that challenges us is when we encounter something “unfair.” This clip shows how strong this feeling is and why coping with the frustration this causes can be difficult.

Stress at home or work can build where we will do things that might not be acceptable, but they temporarily work to relieve stress. This clip shows someone behaving in a way that is not likely to help his next performance review. 

Humor is incompatible with some other emotions such as anger or sadness. If you can think of something that make you smile or if you watch a video that makes you laugh, you might be able to defuse unwanted emotions. This clip is an example. Try to find a clip that works for you and save it for your personal use.

Positive psychology has been one of the most popular movements in the field of psychology for the past 25 years. This quick and uplifting overview gives us an idea of why this is important in building resilience.

Resilience is our ability to buffer ourselves physically and emotionally from a variety of stressful life events. Sometimes traumatic events push us to the limits of our coping abilities, and we need to rely on our personal skills and our support system to recover. This performance by Andra Day is inspirational for those times when we need to push on after trauma or any significant loss.