Guest Column: Don’t let stress get the best of you in business

Do not let your anxieties get the best of you in the business world. It is important to know how to handle your anxieties and stresses. As a result, here is a list of techniques and suggestions about what to do in managing your business-related stresses and anxieties.

Take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things. That includes learning how to deal with your problems. Focus on the present, and stop trying to predict what may happen next week. Next week will take care of itself.

Learn how to manage your fearful thoughts that may be difficult to manage. When experiencing a negative thought, read some positive statements and affirmations that help lift your spirits and make you feel better. Remember, your fearful thoughts may be exaggerated, so balance these thoughts with realistic thinking and common sense.

A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give him or her a fresh perspective on things. Sometimes, we get stressed when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get his or her mind off the problem.

When managing your fears and anxieties, do not try to tackle everything at once. The best solution is to break your fears or problems into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable, and increases your chances of success.

Remember: no one can predict the future with 100 percent certainty. Even if the thing you feared does happen, there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict that can be used to your advantage. For instance, let’s say at your place of work you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your boss comes to your office and tells you the deadline is extended, and he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. Remember: we may be 99 percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that 1 percent to make a world of difference.

Take advantage of the help available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights about how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping himself or herself in the long run because he or she will become better able to deal with his or her problems in the future. Managing your fears and anxieties takes practice. The more you practice, the better you will become.

Take a vacation day to relax. Many people work two jobs nowdays. Sooner or later, the long work hours will catch up with you and take a toll on your health. Take the day off, and do something you enjoy. The better you can manage your stresses and anxieties, the better off you will be in the long run.

Stanley Popovich is the author of A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods, available online at the Web address

From the April 12-18, 2006, issue

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