3 Easy Steps to Deal with Immediate Stress

November 5, 2014

4:30 pm

Entrepreneurs are faced with stressful situations on a daily.  I actually think that stress isn’t always bad; if kept under control, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. However, if stress takes over your life and you’re constantly running in emergency mode, you will burn out. Especially if you have no control over the situation.

Instead of telling you not to stress (who are we kidding here!), here are 3 easy steps to decompress from stressful situations as suggested by Dr. Steve Peters in The Chimp Paradox.

Accept– Dealing with an unpleasant stressful situation means that you need to accept that things didn’t work out as planned. The best way to accept this is by expressing your emotions. Bottling emotions is one of the worst things you can do as a leader, because it will all come out eventually in the most unexpected ways. Accept by letting the trust out.

Move on- On to the next one! Don’t hold on to the current problem; decide what you want to do and move on. When you’re stuck in the moment you keep the problem alive, so you are better off cutting your losses and creating a new plan of action.

Plan- You need to come up with a plan to move on. Why? Because, otherwise, you will return to the same problems with the same emotions. A great way to start a plan to move forward is to look at where you are and what you have. Address on how you will alter your emotions as you move forward.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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