3 Reasons Why Managing Your Anxiety Is Critical For Your Business!

Here’s what you’re missing out on if you can’t find the ‘off’ switch for your overactive mind:

  1. You’re missing out on having razor sharper focus

 Not being able to think straight is a common symptom of too much anxiety or stress. This happens because the emotional part of the brain ‘swamps’ the thinking part.

In most situations you want to be able to think clearly. And keeping your ‘thinking brain’ working actually calms you right down.

Today’s tip helps you do that…

So, the easiest way to keep the thinking brain active is with numbers.

Here’s the trick: You scale your stress from 1 to 10, 10 being the most anxious it’s possible to be and 1 being the ultimate relaxed state.

If you feel anxious or stressed, ask yourself: “What number on the scale am I at right now? Am I an 8, or a 6?” Just doing this will lower anxiety because it kick-starts the thinking brain, diluting the emotion and automatically making you calmer allowing to have better focus.

Say you’re anxious about standing up to give a presentation, some work you are preparing for a client, or going into a social function, just check into your anxiety’s intensity – if your level of intensity is a 6, you would then do some deep breathing for a few moments, and then check into the intensity again. Repeat the process until the intensity goes down to a 3 or less. This technique puts you back in control. The measuring of the intensity of your symptoms makes it more manageable, and forces you to think.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change.” Carl Roger

  1. You’re missing out on having energy to burn

Anxiety robs you of your energy! If you get anxious about a project with a tight deadline or an upcoming event such as next week’s performance review, you’ll notice that just thinking about the situation/event will start to cause physical responses – like butterflies in the stomach, quickening pulse, your palms getting moist, your mind starting ruminating on auto, you start breathing more quickly and so on.

So even thinking about the review primes your body to become even more anxious in the actual situation and so the vicious cycle continues. This leaves you feeling drained, often lethargic and tired out!

If you lack energy and don’t have great get and go then this is a signal that something’s draining your batteries! And remember, anxiety is a thief!

It’s important to find out what your anxiety signals and symptoms are telling you! Acknowledge these symptoms and take some action. A bit of ‘healthy’ stress is useful for us as it keeps us motivated to achieve but ‘unhealthy’ stress, which creates anxiety, is not. Note down any anxiety symptoms you may be experiencing…

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change.” Carl Rogers

  1. You’re missing out on having closer relationships

When you’re dealing with anxiety which is an inner game, you’re not being ‘present’, you’re not living in the here and now. Often guys will say they can mask their anxiety and that nobody knows. This kind of thinking is actually most un-useful. The people around you, your partner, family or friends can tell when you’re not with them…they can feel when you’re living inside your mind and experience your low mood symptoms

“To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.” – Katherine Paterson

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Keeping Calm Tip #5 Ask yourself some vital questions

It’s important to find out what your stress signals and symptoms are telling you? What do those physical responses you’re feeling in the body actually mean?

Before proceeding with the following questions, take a moment to centre yourself and focus inward. Close your eyes and slow down by doing some gentle breathing…

Remember, in most situations your ‘stress’ is trying to keep you safe; it’s trying to protect you. Now ask yourself the questions:

  1. What might my ‘stress’ be trying to protect me from?
  2. If my anxiety is trying to keep me safe, what is it trying to keep me safe from? If my ‘stress’ had a job, what would it be?

Notice what answers come up and note them down. Some of the things that come up can seem quite random, or quite minor in some cases. Write them all down. These might be the areas that will require attention in the future.

Keeping Stress derived from fear and anxiety often thrives when you imagine the worst.

When you are experiencing a stressful feeling in your body or have an overly busy mind that’s racing about something, put your hand on your heart and direct all your attention on this area.

Take 3-4 deep connective breaths, as you focus on the feeling of your hand, over your heart, on your chest.

Now recall a time when you felt really, really good – bring back that stored memory of when you felt that happiness, joy or real contentment. And as you bring that memory right into your mind, see what you saw, hear what you heard, and feel how good you felt.

Now ask your heart how you could take better care of yourself in this situation, in this moment.

 

Keeping Calm Tip #7 How to keep thinking clearly

Not being able to think straight is a common symptom of too much stress. This happens because the emotional part of the brain ‘swamps’ the thinking part.

In most situations we want to be able to think clearly. And keeping your ‘thinking brain’ working actually calms you right down.

Today’s tip helps you do that…

So, the easiest way to keep the thinking brain active is with numbers.

Here’s the trick: You scale your stress from 1 to 10, 10 being the most stressed or terrified it’s possible to be and 1 being the ultimate relaxed state.

If you feel anxious or stressed, ask yourself: “What number on the scale am I at right now? Am I an 8, or a 6?”

Just doing this will lower anxiety because it kick-starts the thinking brain, diluting the emotion and automatically making you calmer.

Say you’re stressed about standing up to give a presentation, or going into a social function or introducing yourself to someone, just check into your stress’s intensity – if your level of intensity is a 6, you would then do some deep connected breathing for a few moments, and then check into the intensity again. Repeat the process until the intensity goes down to a 3 or less. This technique puts you back in control. The measuring of the intensity of your symptoms (sometimes known as scaling or grading) makes it more manageable, and forces you to think.

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