Must Read for Career Men and Women: How to stay cool under pressure
“Ahh, I feel like my brain is about to explode…” This is how I feel, when I feel pressure mounting. It builds up in your heart, head, mind and suddenly, I can’t seem to move. I am frozen and panic stricken.
The crazy thing about “pressure”, is that it doesn’t exist. There are no real shackles, holding you down, it’s just all in your brain. Pressure occurs when we put it on ourselves. As easy as it is to feel pressure, there are techniques you can try to help relieve it, so you are not constantly in a state of panic.
Identify what is triggers you
Anticipating what causes you stress, can better help you prepare and cope with it. If it’s something that occurs monthly like, paying your bills, you can try to prepare for the situation, so that you will not feel pressure when the event or situation occurs.
Accept that you cannot always be in control
When I feel pressure, it is usually when I feel like I am not in control. Learning how to be okay and letting go of the idea of having to have full control, can help eliminate your stress. I always like to think of this quote by Bruce Lee. “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Pressure can also occur when you are unorganized and you don’t have a plan. When I have a lot of things to do, I get stressed out thinking about what I “might” forget. To help eliminate that stress and pressure, try making a list and writing down everything you need to accomplish that day.
Set Realistic Goals
There is nothing worse than trying to finish and accomplish everything, when you don’t have enough time. To eliminate this stress, simply, be realistic and kind to yourself. Give yourself only as much as you can handle without burning out.