5 Strategies that Minimize Stress
(Beating Workplace Anxiety – Part II) Anxiety can affect your work productivity and damage relationships with your co-workers. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with anxiety so that you can reduce or even eliminate the effect it has on your life and your career. * Breathe - Take a deeeeeep breath Anxiety sabotages your ability to breath deep, instead encouraging fast shallow breathing. “If we are breathing very shallowly, we are going to feel anxious,” says Dr. Katherine Falk, an integrative psychiatrist in New York City. “If we begin to breathe from the belly, that will calm our mind." Simple breathing techniques can assist in bringing awareness to your inhalations and exhalations. Once you master the art of deep breathing, this powerful tool can be used anywhere you feel the need to relax - at your desk, in a meeting, on your commute, or grocery shopping with the family. * Practice time management Easier said than done? Yes. Worth the effort? Definitely. In our super-fast paced, hurry-up world, it seems there’s never enough hours in the day. Often we manufacture our personal stress by consistently attempting to squeeze in more things than can be reasonably accomplished in a particular span of time. Why do we do that? Pushed by everyone from boss, spouse, friends, family, and society to do and be more, we take the “I think I can” little-train-that-could motto a bit too far. The key is to:
- Learn to say “NO.”
- Prioritize tasks.
- Schedule enough time to complete each task or project.