In my work as a professional coach, I have met many managers who suffer from high levels of anxiety.
However, if we are honest with ourselves and each other, we will recognize that everyone experiences anxiety at different times in their lives. I try to give my clients the tools they need to control these feelings because if they are ignored, they can do great damage to their ability to make decisions and their overall productivity. Here are some anxiety management techniques:
Confess your feelings
Anxiety never arises for no reason. It is important to make an effort to understand why you are worried. Ignoring these emotions in the hope that they will simply go away on their own does not help. The only way to deal with them is to admit that you are experiencing them and take concrete action.
Don’t blame yourself for being anxious
It is not uncommon for feelings of anxiety to go hand in hand with anger, often directed at ourselves. The best way to reduce stress is to accept it, but reject the idea that you are to blame for your feelings. The more you try to control these emotions, the stronger they become. So you just have to accept them and move on.
Find out what your anxiety pattern is
For most of us, the feeling of anxiety follows a certain pattern. It can be the type of – stress that leads to fear, which leads to anxiety. Something may not go the way you hoped, making you angry and worrying. Learn to see patterns in your daily life to understand which emotions and events lead to anxiety.
Recognize the signs of anxiety
When you feel anxious, pay attention to the physical reactions of your body. Very often they act as an early warning system that you are about to be overwhelmed by a wave of anxiety. It may be a feeling of upset stomach, tension in the shoulders, or inability to concentrate. When you learn to recognize the physical symptoms of anxiety, you will be able to react before it overwhelms you.