For many, this week is full of running around trying to get work done in record time before the kids get out of school; we leave for a holiday trip or welcome family and friends into our own homes to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Regardless of what our particular holiday plans are, many may be dealing with stress due to a plethora of reasons.
Thankfully, this year I’m so blessed not to be under much stress as we are staying in town to celebrate the holiday with family and friends in our home. I’m really looking forward to this year’s Thanksgiving!
However, I know in years past my stress level may not have been as low as it is this year and that many of my friends, family, business associates and clients may not be so fortunate.
Therefore, when I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review titled “How to Handle Stress in the Moment” by Rebecca Knight – I knew I had to share the wonderful ideas she gave for what to do when the stress is actually happening.
Knight makes a great point in the beginning about how many of the stress pointers people give are actually long-term remedies. For example, if something is stressful at this moment, one cannot:
- Get more sleep immediately.
- Do yoga right now.
- Eat a healthier breakfast.
- Write in a journal.
- Figure out what causes stress in life.
These are all fabulous ideas on how to handle stress overall, but it does absolutely nothing for those dealing with a stressful situation right now.
However, through Knight’s research she found several tips that are useful in the exact moment that one might feel stress. These solutions can help anyone in their business dealings, relationships and any other stressful circumstance they might come across. The remedies include:
- Think of the stress as an opportunity.
- Refuse to think negatively and instead say positive declarations over and over.
- Take three deep breaths where the stomach expands and contracts.
- Make a list. Write down everything pertinent to the current stress to make it more manageable.
- Call a friend…but, choose carefully. Make sure this person is a confidant and also someone who lends thoughtful perspective.
- Keep your voice gentle, controlled and calm. Do not let your emotions escalate.
Everyone can use a little help keeping the stress at a minimum in our lives! Hope these ideas help you enjoy your family time during the Thanksgiving holiday.
To read the article I have referred to in its entirety, please go to How to Handle Stress in the Moment.
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