Are you working under a lot of stress? Perhaps you’re a hardworking entrepreneur and startup founder who works 60 hours a week to keep your company solvent. Or if you’re the CEO of a corporation that’s been given three months to turn things around.
Anxiety, burnout, constant worry, and even despair may be expected in any high-impact work (it may also mean you’re a receptionist managing an unbelievable number of calls each day as the gatekeeper of a developing firm).
Mental health is an important matter, and failing to maintain it can have a significant impact on your performance. You can regain your tranquilly if circumstances are tumultuous right now and anxiety is plaguing you. Looking in the mirror, admitting the reality, and making changes are all necessary steps.
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Here are eight strategies for regaining control.
1) Do Not Try To Figure Things Out On Your Own.
If you isolate yourself and believe you can handle everything on your own, your issues will only become worse. If this describes you, the first thing you should do is reach out and seek community and support. Then, with the help of trusted loved ones, go to war against your sadness or anxiety.
When you realise you are not alone in this and that you have all you need to fight—resources, support groups, counsellors and coaches, other peers, family members, and friends—your chances of recovery improve significantly.
2) Take Care Of Yourself.
To be honest, this entire article is about self-care. However, in practice, you should begin pursuing hobbies that bring you peace and joy, as well as ones that give you a spring in your step.
You should also look after your mind, body, and spirit. What do you enjoy doing the most? What are some of your long-forgotten pastimes? What’s the status of that fitness programme you’ve been putting off? What’s the status of your fast food diet? When was the last time you were in touch with your Higher Power?
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3) Be Aware Of Your Motivations.
Check-in with yourself throughout the day. Pause, take a breath and go over your intention again if you feel like you’re losing control. As you become more aware of your intentions, observe how the quality of your job changes hour by hour.
4) Be Honest About How You’re Feeling.
The importance of self-awareness cannot be overstated. Don’t reject your sentiments; they’re real, and they’re not a sign of weakness or failure. Work in community and accountability to make significant new lifestyle changes to deal with your emotions once you’ve accepted them and accepted that you have no control over your situation.
5) Accept That Some Things Are Beyond Your Control.
Many of your fears stem from the fact that you don’t have complete control over everything. You can handle the things that are under your control quite well. So take your foot off the throttle pedal, focus on what’s right in front of you, and take one thing at a time. This will assist to alleviate some of the anxiety-related discomforts you’re experiencing.
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6) Make a Conscious Effort to Think Positively.
If you’re anxious, get up and move. Move about — go outside and breathe some fresh air. Put on your earbuds and go for a quick walk while listening to your favourite calming music (avoid speed metal or gangster rap).
Attempt to divert your attention away from whatever is troubling you. As you walk, concentrate on good thoughts that make you feel safe, accepted, loved, and respected. Consider how fortunate and blessed you are when you’ve reached equilibrium.
7) Teach Your Brain How to Turn Off The Fight-or-Flight Reaction.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously declared.
It’s this anxiety that paralyses you before you make that crucial phone call, take the stage for your first keynote speech, or meet the girl of your dreams.
Fear builds up in your stomach, and you reach for the Jell-o. But once you’ve done it, you realise you’re not in any danger and that no monster has eaten you. So, by teaching your brain to believe that there is no danger, you may turn off the fear response. You’ll quickly understand that the only thing you’re afraid of is the dread of fear. And it will get easier to manage in the future.
8) Make An Effort To Be Mindful.
One of the best-kept secrets for helping busy people manage anxiety is mindfulness.
You can practise it by consciously focusing on your emotions and embracing whatever thoughts and sensations you’re having at the time without judgement. The author of The Mindfulness Edge, Matt Tenney, summarises it this way:
We train our awareness to become less distracted by our own thoughts, allowing us to appreciate our lives more, be more present with others, and observe our surroundings, both inner and exterior, more clearly.