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Dealing With Anxiety

If you have not been under added stress at work lately, you are one of the few who have recession proof businesses or simply are immune to anxiety.  Anxiety is a normal reaction for business owners and managers to experience in difficult times.  The most important thing to do is to recognize anxious feelings and to take action. Consider these suggestions to help you to relax.

  1. Know what you can change and what you can’t.  Refuse to worry about the things that you cannot change.
  2. Laugh more. Do something to inject humor into your day.
  3. Breathe slowly and deeply. Relaxation begins with slow, deep breathing from your diaphragm.
  4. Say “no”. It’s hard to say no sometimes, but recognize you can’t do everything and pace yourself.
  5. Go ahead and make mistakes. No one’s perfect. Learn from our mistakes and move forward.
  6. Get active. Exercise brings out the body’s endorphins, natural painkillers and pleasure-producing substances produced naturally by our bodies.
  7. Eat well and avoid stimulants. A healthy diet makes the body strong and increases a sense of well-being. Watch those double-lattes. Caffeine and nicotine put more stress on our musculature and nervous system.
  8. Talk to others. Talk out your issues.  This is especially hard for the guys.  Sharing life’s difficulties and problems with another person, whether a co-worker, friend, spouse, lover, or counselor, allows one to shed the weight of burdens shouldered alone.
  9. Don’t turn away from the problems.  Face your difficulties. Problems have a tendency to mount quickly, until there can seem so many as to be overwhelming. Tackle them one at a time.
  10. Set achievable goals and related action items regularly to keep yourself on track

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