When it comes to pressure in the workplace or at home, which situations trigger feelings of overload, burden, overwhelm and stress? How do you typically react? Do you freeze up, get angry or cranky, gossip, feel frustrated, or stop working and start complaining? Do you overreact?
The next time pressure and overload land in your world, shift your old pattern to a more constructive response. Consciously choose your reaction.
Begin by acknowledging to yourself that wave of despair, annoyance or overwhelm as it starts to surface. Then, take a moment and identify your preferred response. If you need the benefit of another perspective, speak with your manager or a trusted friend. Discuss the necessity of a shift in priorities. Seek out their advice about ways to proceed. You can also solicit suggestions from a colleague. Or, if need be, take a brief walk to clear your head, release tension and get a fresh perspective.
The trick to handling pressure more effectively is interrupting your auto-pilot, patterned response. Consciously choose to replace overreaction with emotional intelligence and you’ll feel the change ripple through your life.