These are steps to take mentally, emotionally and spiritually rather than physically.
You may want to apply one or more steps to solve your simply stressful situation.
Step in – If you feel confident, comfortable and committed to contributing your time, money and energy, then step in to move the stressful situation toward resolution.
Step out – If you are stuck in the weeds, cannot see the forest for the trees, are getting increasingly impatient and frustrated and/or have lost your balance and perspective, it is time to take a mental or emotional break and step out of resolving the stressful situation.
Step up – If you feel that you lack the ability or credibility to contribute, face your fear, take a risk, move out of your comfort zone and confidently step up to gain an abundance of valuable knowledge and experience from working on resolving the stressful situation.
Step down – If you have been the designated or accidental leader of a formal or informal team that is working on solving the stressful situation and feel that you have gone as far as you can and that the team and situation would benefit from new leadership then step down and let someone else take a turn with you acting as their trusted adviser.
Step aside – If you have been giving your best effort to solve the stressful situation and you are getting nowhere fast and you know of someone who can do a better, quicker and smarter job, then abandon your pride, step aside and let them resolve the situation.
Step forward – If you sense that the situation is a potentially problematic hot potato that no one wants to land on their lap then step forward and volunteer to lead the team that has been carefully selected or hastily thrown together to resolve the stressful situation.
Step backward – If you think that your involvement with the situation is going to cause you to be overwhelmed, overstressed and overextended then be realistic, avoid heroics, step backward and draw a clear and consistent boundary between you and the situation.