Whether you’re gearing up for a client meeting, preparing to launch a new product, or getting ready to give speak at an industry event, there are many situations in life and business that can be stressful. So, it is crucial to find ways to de-stress and stay calm in order to maximize your performance in each of these taxing scenarios. To do this, it helps to have access to useful tactics designed to help you relax and properly prepare for whatever stressful situations you will face.
Here’s a look at six fundamental ways to get started.
One way to stay calm and collected every day is to incorporate meditation into your daily schedule. Each morning, lay down on a blanket in your living room, turn on calming music, and just breathe before getting the day started. You can also make time for a sitting meditation while at the office to start the afternoon refreshed. There are plenty of free, guided meditation apps and YouTube videos that will help you in your practice. Whatever you do, make it a regular part of your schedule to help you relax each day.
Focus on the positive
Another way to cope with the burden of stress is to focus on all of the positives in your life that you have to be grateful for. Make a mental list (or write down!) the many things in your life that bring you happiness each day. This will help uplift your mood and remind you that even though there may be a stressful event coming up, there are so many things that bring you fulfillment. The boost in joy you experience will help lessen your worry over the event and remind you that life is going great!
Distract your mind for awhile
In addition to these stress-relieving tactics, another way to relax before a nerve-wracking situation is to literally pull yourself away from what is stressing you out for a bit. You can go for a walk around your neighborhood, spend half an hour reading your favorite book, or take a relaxing bath. I use these tactics when I need a break from writing for my lifestyle and beauty blog, BeautyBrite.com. Or spend time playing with your pets and/or your children! The most important thing is to distract your mind for a little while. Once you calm down, then return to preparing for the situation with a composed and steady mind.
Set your intention
Once you feel calmer after using these tactics, take time to set your intention and goals that will help you maximize your performance in the upcoming situation. Write down exactly what you hope to achieve and the tactics that will help you reach these goals. Do you want to give the most impressive speech you’ve ever made? Do you want to land that big sale that will catapult your career to a whole new level of success? Spend time writing down the exact steps that will help you achieve your goal and tackle the steps one by one.
Improve everyday morale
In order to amplify your performance in difficult scenarios, it is also important to boost your everyday morale. One way to do this is by surrounding yourself with positive messages in your home and workspace. From inspirational quotes to beautiful art pieces that brighten up your office area, to pictures of your family and friends, jazz up your surroundings with positivity wherever you can. Once you feel tension over an upcoming, high-pressure situation, take a minute to look at these positive messages around you. It will help you feel more inspired and optimistic about life in general.
Maintain healthy habits
Finally, one more way to always feel on top of your game is to focus on maintaining healthy habits. Make to-do lists on your phone or your desktop to stay organized and productive each workday. Wake up a lot earlier to give you time to enjoy a wholesome breakfast, work out, and start getting ready for the day with an energized, positive mind. Spend time each week grocery shopping and meal prepping so you stay away from the local fast food joint at lunchtime. Also, to prevent any fatigue that could impede your work performance, go to sleep at a decent hour every night so you always wake up feeling well rested.
Prepare for stressful situations
These six tips can help you prepare for the next stressful situation you face. Remember to always listen to your body and take note of when you start feeling stressed or overwhelmed. That will be your cue to take a step back from worrying over the event and focus on calming your body and mind. Life can bring forth countless harrowing situations, but using the tactics listed above will help you maintain peak performance in any difficult scenario you may face. Stay positive and believe in yourself—you got this!
Stephanie Fatta is the founder of the popular lifestyle, beauty, and wellness blog, BeautyBrite.com. Her publication could be considered “A Little Bit of Everything”, as it covers wellness, health, lifestyle, beauty, fashion, family, fun recipes, innovative tech gadgets, and much more. A single mom to a teen with Autism (and doing it all on her own), Stephanie also enjoys writing about motherhood and family life at her personal blog, MamaHearted.com.
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