Imagine for a moment those times when the clock is ticking and people are counting on you, which wire should you cut? The red or the blue?
Whilst most of us don’t have to deal with the life or death dilemma of diffusing a bomb, everyday situations can sometimes feel like this. The landlord is breathing down your neck, you have three ingoings to complete before tomorrow, the computer you’ve been writing your report on just crashed, you’re running late for your open for inspection – our property management dilemmas can often be just as stressful, relatively speaking.
Learning how to remain calm in times of stress will not only have immediate composed effects, it can also, over time, help you lead a happier healthier life. Here are our steps to keep your cool when the heat is on:
- Identify the stress – Is your heart racing because some crazy driver just cut you off? Or is it really because of the major tribunal happening tomorrow? Think for a moment, what is really bothering you?
- Choose your response – Even if you can’t change the source of your stress, you can choose how you respond to it. The appropriate response should depend on what’s causing it – most things can be resolved. Ask yourself some questions, will this matter in a week, a month, a year? How much control do I have of the situation?
- Take action – Face your stress source head on as soon as you’re ready. Getting stressed or sitting around worrying or procrastinating isn’t going to resolve anything. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting stuck into it. Once you’re into it you’ll be far less stressed and wonder what you were so worried about.
- Make a plan – Sometimes resolving a situation will take several steps, or you may have several things to get done. Write out a plan with attainable goals and time for completing each task. Then, just take one step at a time and just put one foot in front of the other (think about how you can plan better for next time).
- Shake it off – If a situation is beyond your control, or if it is not that important, then no use worrying about something you can’t change. Try deep breathing, distracting yourself with something else that makes you happy, visualise relaxing things, physically remove yourself from the location of the stress.
- Become realistic – If you continue to be stressed, perhaps you aren’t setting yourself realistic goals or timeframes for completion, or expectations with your clients. Sometimes it can be hard to accept that we can’t do everything. Reduce the expectations on yourself either from yourself or those around you and learn from your experiences.
Hope you stay cool as a cucumber next time the bomb is ticking!