Coping Under Pressure
The phone is constantly engaged. The taxi ignores you. Your train is late. Why do minor hassles like these have the potential to make us uptight? Maybe it’s because we’re tightly wound already and can’t find the pressure relief valve. Balancing the pressures of home life and work-life is vital so that we get optimum amounts of adrenaline buzz to stay healthy and enjoy the whole life! So here are the top ten tips for when the going gets tough:
1. If you only have a hammer you will tend to see everything as a nail. Learn new techniques to deal with your workload and life’s pressures.
2. Work out what is actually inside or outside your control. And don’t tell yourself “I cannot deal with this” when you mean “I will not deal with this”.
3. Stop driving yourself with inner messages that say “I must please” or “I must hurry up” or “I must be perfect” or “I must be strong”. Instead, ask yourself “What’s the worst that can happen?”
4. Learn when to say “no” and when to say “yes”. Be consistent so that people know where they stand with you.
5. Focus and lock into one thing at a time. Take jobs in order and plan ahead. You will soon find that instead of doing five things at the same time, or everything at the last minute, you can get them all done at a relaxed pace and still achieve deadlines.
6. Find the light at the end of the tunnel. We can more happily accept a 14-hour working day, screaming children, or a nagging boss if we know when the end will be! Talk to people; share your situation; and find out what the possibilities are. Then act on them.
7. Being bored or under-used is also very stressful so make sure you’re doing things that give you a buzz, to keep you on top of the performance curve.
8. Reserve “me” time (e.g. sport, hobbies, long bubble baths, light reading) as well as time for all the other roles in your life (e.g. spouse, parent, mentor, lover).
9. Stomp around the block! Exercise is a great way to use up excess adrenaline; it keeps you in condition; and can be a source of thinking time.
10. Have a laugh! Laughter is such a great way to relieve pressure, so find more ways to enjoy yourself with the people who make you feel great!