From my experience as an executive coach, I have found there are those individuals whose temperament naturally allows them to manage their stress better than others. But for the majority of us, managing stress is a learned process that needs focused attention, coaching guidance, and practice. The first step involves recognizing that you are stressed. This often helps you better confront the situation and begin to make the changes needed to interject interval renewal processes.
Below is the fourth of 5 basic strategies which can help you unpack and dispel excess stress and self-doubt, while building the disciplined attention to confine excessive stress and achieve maximum performance.
Strategy #4: Interject and practice relaxation techniques
While verbalizing and identifying self-doubt are the essential first steps to overcoming stress, there are also some great relaxation techniques – like mindful breathing, positive visualization and even meditation – that can help you relax during the stress unpacking and reframing process.
Geri Brehm, Senior Associate Director of Career Advising and Mentoring, reveals her strategies for managing stress in a 5 part blog series.