Learning to cope with the stresses in our lives will do much to help turn
them into mere bumps in the road, not roadblocks! Coping combines the emotional,
mental, and physical processes of adapting to our environments. Coping helps to
maintain equilibrium and protects our health. Coping does not mean defeat, or
that we have become passive—rather that we have figured out how to survive in a
world that often feels out of control.