How to gain freedom from performance stress?
“The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it, or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking.” – Wayne Dyer
Have you ever faced a situation where nothing but the best was expected out of you? How did that make you feel?
Performance stress is very normal these days, considering that there’s always competition around the corner.
Whether you are:
- An employee who wants to do well in their performance review
- A student wanting to pass their exams and be selected for the top colleges
- A teacher finding it hard to balance time between teaching and adminsitration
- A parent wanting their child to well at school
- A nurse faced with more patients than beds in the hospital
- A medical doctor having to cope with
- A CEO or VP feeling the pressure of hitting the sales and profit targets
- A sport person focussed on winning medals rather than enjoying sports
It can also lead to substance abuse, addictions, anxiety, panic attacks and lowered self – esteem.
The important thing to remember is that it is just stress and it can be eliminated easily and effectively.
1. Breathing – Breathing exercises are very effective and simple in relieving stress. Simply breathe in through your nose and breathe out from your mouth.
2. Take up a daily meditation – Daily meditation helps in reducing overall stress in everyday life. Here is a recording of a meditation to feel peace.
4. Detachment – Let go of the attachment to compete and perform. Instead relax and do your best. For example, Einstein did not do well in school and yet ended up becoming the most famous scientist’s in the world.
5. Change your thinking – When you are feeling stressed notice the thoughts you are saying to yourself. For example, I am scared, I will fail. Once you notice the thoughts, change the thought you are thinking to a more empowering one. For example, Everything will work out in the end.
So in closing, having to perform is stressful. Let go of the attachment to outcomes and enjoy the journey.
Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD)
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