7- Own Up to a Mistake
The stressor: Your name is all over a mistake and you have to tell the boss.
Beat that stress: As soon as possible, go to the boss and own up, but immediately follow that with what you’ve learned and (the most important factor) how things will be different. It won’t guarantee a full pardon, but you won’t have to stew over the unknown. “You will have made a problem less bad, and that’s the goal of damage control,” says Eric Dezenhall, the author of Damage Control: Why Everything You Know about Crisis Management Is Wrong
8- Smile, Nod, and Ask Questions
The stressor: You’re meeting her family or friends for the first time.
Beat that stress: Channel Matt Lauer and be your charming, head-nodding, inquisitive best. Asking them questions takes the focus off you, and their judgment will be that you’re concerned with and interested in others. Drop in a well-placed, “I love how she always wants to learn something new,” to show that you understand and admire your new girlfriend—and to nail opening night, says the psychologist Ann Demarais. Bonus tip: When they ask you a question, focus on how it’s asked—bluntly or anecdotally—and respond the same way. Rick Brinkman, author of Dealing with People You Can’t Stand, says that matching question style and answer style gives you the best chance of being heard.
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