What to Do When You Just Need to Be Calm
By Sandy Schroeder
Life tests us when we least expect it. Everything may seem calm at home or at work, but it can quickly change. We live in a fast-moving world and there really is nothing as constant as change. Knowing how to handle the vibrations can make all of the difference.
You probably know someone who never seems fazed by anything. How do they do it?
These survival tips from FastCompany may help.
Project a little – Most of us know what pressures are likely to occur in our world. Taking the time to line up some good Plan B solutions could be a great way to stay calm. Ask yourself some key questions and then come up with answers. Then when change does hit you may have a ready answer, or at least a clue or two.
Go with the flow – Change is 10 times as hard if you are rigid. Practice being flexible. Learn from others who simply shift from one position to another when they need to. The more you do it the more skilled you may be in adjusting to the moment. I have watched people who were good at this use this to their advantage at work; while others were still protesting change, they were moving on with the newest situation.
Focus on the big picture – If change hits it may be impossible to keep all of the details in perfect order. Learn to step back and see what the major goals are and focus on them. Once they are achieved, everything else will fall into place.
Cut yourself some slack – When you feel like you are under attack, give yourself a little time to regain your balance. Step away for a few minutes to let yourself regain perspective. As you do, you may see what is really happening, or what the best answers are.
Have faith in yourself – When you face changes, it’s easy to panic, but reminding yourself of previous successes is a good way to regroup. Most of us have participated in numerous rodeos. Looking back and then moving forward with what you see as the best solution often works.
Line up some good backup – When the pressure is on, you may suddenly feel very alone. For future encounters, start now to spot the best support. Look for veterans who know the ropes, friends who will take the time to listen, and professionals who can be counted on to help. Having everything in place just makes sense.
As you consider your past efforts, and project what may occur in the future, you may calm down. You will have done the homework to stay calm and keep right on going.
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