Are you aware of how you handle pressure?
We all handle pressure differently don’t we; some of us find a bit of pressure quite motivational, whilst others feel the weight of the world coming down on our shoulders.
Here’s a few things which might help you spot the times when you need to handle pressure. Plus a few tips on how you might handle it positively….
Self-awareness. Know your triggers for pressure.
What happens to you under pressure, both physically and mentally? How does the feeling of being under pressure manifest itself? For example, do you suffer interrupted sleep or go off your food? Does your concentration waiver and you find yourself gazing into space? Or do you become a busy fool running round the office trying to do everything but actually achieve very little?
Whatever your individual triggers are for becoming aware that pressure is mounting, you need to be self-aware. Think about yours now and write them down. You may even want to discuss them with people close to you so that they can add any observations they might be aware of. Pressure affects everyone.
Stand back and take a moment.
So, you’ve become self-aware and spotted that pressure is building up. Take a breather. Stop. Stand back. Watch yourself as if you’re having one of those out-of-body experiences. What do you look like? What advice would you give yourself? Focus in on what really needs to happen to alleviate the cause for the pressure. Not the peripheral things, the real core of the issue. What is it?
Find a rock and trusted ear.
Ok so now you’re aware of the way pressure is showing up in your life and you’ve taken a moment to focus on the core issues. Now you need to find someone to share it with. Don’t take the burden all on your own shoulders. The person you choose, should be somebody that you trust to give you clear, unbiased advice, even if it’s something that you don’t want to hear. Someone honest, who cares about you. When you’ve decided who it is, pick up the phone and invite them for a coffee. Chat it through, and ask for help and support. Don’t be shy, don’t feel like a drain on their time – remember they care about you and will undoubtedly want to help you.
You’ve now done everything you need to do to release the pressure, other than the critical task of taking action. Your rock has given you food for thought and you’ve talked through what your next steps should be. Maybe you now need some expert advice, for example, like meeting the bank or the accountant. Or maybe the action involves other people you work with and you need to discuss the next actions with them. Or it might just be up to you now.
Whatever the action needed is, take the steps, even if they are baby ones. Keep a note of what you’re doing so you can check progress. And the biggest thing to remember is… give yourself the praise you deserve for overcoming your challenges. Pat your wonderful self on the back, raise a glass and remind yourself that pressure creeps up on all of us, but you’ve handled it like a true star.
Best of luck 🙂