How to Deal With Anxiety and Stress

Four steps to conquering the psychological roadblocks to success and happiness. October 29, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Anxiety is often a nebulous concept. We know it affects our emotions, but it’s difficult to describe. This is because anxiety feels different for everyone. You might feel uneasy. You…

How to Deal With Anxiety and Stress

Four steps to conquering the psychological roadblocks to success and happiness.

October
29, 2019

5 min read

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Anxiety is often a nebulous concept. We know it affects our emotions, but it’s difficult to describe. This is because anxiety feels different for everyone. You might feel uneasy. You might feel light-headed or dizzy. Your heartbeat might escalate. You may experience hot flashes. Regardless of how anxiety affects you, it takes a heavy toll on your performance and stress levels. As a leader, you’re probably no stranger to it.Anxiety is ultimately a reaction to stress, and it’s commonly associated with rumination or obsessive thinking. It can even cause palpitations and tremors, and is closely related to what’s called anticipatory stress, which concerns thoughts of the future. Leaders experience anticipatory stress when they express worry about a future event like an upcoming presentation or board meeting. Remember Murphy’s Law? It’s the idea that if something can go wrong, it will.You probably wish you could deal with anxiety more effectively. Well, you’re in luck. Studies have found that the simple act of stroking a living creature (no matter if it is furry, fuzzy, slimy, scaly or hard-shelled) can reduce anxiety levels. Here are four key tactics you can apply to deal with anxiety and get back on track.  Read This: Stress-Less Leadership | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound1. Let go of the past.Anxiety happens when we’re stuck in the past. You can let go of the past by reflecting on your current situation. What does your present state look like? Try to put your imagination cap on and imagine and visualize a different and more effective outcome, and then another and another. The process of imagining yourself in different situations will catapult you out of the past. You sh
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