How To Deal With A Stressful Situation

How To Deal With A Stressful Situation

When you are faced with a stressful situation whether in your business or in your personal life it is very easy to worry, be fearful, get stressed and panic. Some stress is good for you but too much can result in you being unable to think straight, inaction and poor performance.

We have therefore put together some ideas and tips to help you when you are faced with a stressful situation:

Be well prepared. It is a good idea to have a contingency plan for unexpected events, to have procedures for different eventualities and to ensure your family understand how to handle stressful situations. In your personal life you can also think about how you will handle stressful and difficult situations and be prepared for such events.

Look after yourself. If you are in good mental and physical shape you will be more able to handle a stressful situation, so it is important to look after yourself on an on going basis, including achieving a good work/life balance, building in relaxation, having fun, eating healthily, exercising and not getting yourself too tired.

Calm yourself down. When you first hear about a stressful event or situation it is easy to panic and get very stressed. Calm yourself down by slowing down your breathing and thinking about how you have overcome similar situations in the past. It may help to move into a different space so you can think things through.

Think positively. When you think positively you will feel in control and confident. Visualise a positive outcome to the stressful situation and focus on past successes and hurdles that you have overcome.

Put things in perspective. When faced with a stressful situation other people may panic and you may be given inaccurate information or the severity of the situation may be exaggerated. Therefore, find out as much information as possible about the situation so you can understand what is actually happening. Also put the situation into context against your business or your life as a whole.

Trust your knowledge, experience and intuition. When dealing with a stressful situation you can panic and forget to utilise all the knowledge and experience you already have. Remind yourself of the resources you have and trust your knowledge, experience and intuition to help you handle the stressful situation.

Make a plan. It is easy to rush straight into taking action but it is critical to first of all make a plan of what you need to do. This will not only help you to ensure that you have covered all angles but will also give you something to refer to as you go along.

Be decisive. People can get very indecisive when faced with these types of situations, which will be very unhelpful. It is therefore critical to be decisive and take decisions in a considered but timely fashion.

Take action. Taking action in itself will calm you and other people down. So once you have your plan, start to take action to resolve the situation.

Write things down. When things are stressful it is inadvisable to have lots of information in people’s heads. Write down the plan and ask everyone to write down what they have done. This will help to manage the situation, help people feel in control and will also help after the event to understand what was done.

Ask for help. Faced with a stressful situation you may try to handle it on your own, however, you may want to get some help or someone to talk to. This will provide not only practical assistance but also reassurance. Call or text us at Star Point Counseling Center. (813) 244-1251. We have offices in Tampa and Brandon.

We hope that the above ideas and tips will help you to handle stressful situations better in the future.

To our families, friends, and clients, we hope you are all safe from the path of Hurricane Irma.


Coping Strategies For Reducing Social Anxiety.


The shakes and cold sweats many of us feel when we talk in front of a group are just one vivid example of social anxiety–an excessive fear of being judged negatively. People with severe social anxiety have few friends, drop out of school, may even be unable to work. Milder forms–which are far more common–take their toll in missed opportunities for advancement, lonely evenings and just plain frustration. 

Here are some must-have coping strategies for social anxiety: 

1. Realize anxiety is natural: Anxiety is the normal response to perceived danger – the body and mind rev up in readiness for fight or flight by producing adrenaline. This is useful. Without adrenaline, we can’t perform at our best.

2. Anxiety isn’t reality: Social anxiety feeds on thoughts that exact exaggerate danger, foresee dire consequences and attribute negative judgments to others. Thinking this way is just a habit and like most habits, it can be changed.

3. Try relabeling: Symptoms of anxiety and excitement are almost identical. If you feel revved up and think, “I’m getting anxious”, it creates a destructive spiral. But if you think of it as “getting excited,” you’ll feel more prepared and capable.

4. Breathe away anxiety: One of the worst things about anxiety is the feeling that once it starts, it will build uncontrollably. Breathing slowly and deeply from your abdomen eases anxiety.

5. Shift your focus: Anxiety turns your attention to your racing heart beat or your shaking hands, try focusing your attention on the task at hand. If anxiety continues to build try focusing on the pattern of the carpet or texture of the papers in your hand. Such a shift in focus will interrupt the anxiety cycle and let you attend to the business at hand.

6. Be willing to experience discomfort: Some things are worth doing even if you’re anxious. You will be amazed at what you can do while still feeling a lot of unpleasant sensations.

7. Tolerate Uncertainty: This is a tough one. Most people like things to be clear cut–to know where things stand. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate You must eventually face the ugly truth that you can’t control everything.

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