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9 Anxiety Control Tactics Confident Executives Use For Success

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Stay in control when anxiety tries to take over

 

Even the most confident executive can have a panic or anxiety attack.

Take my word on it. I’ve been there.

Yesterday my beloved well-maintained and regularly serviced laptop’s screen started to show a weird shade of blue with images in pink.

It brought back memories of the time I was working on a quarterly report for a listed audit client and we had a deadline of 8 pm to get the documents across to the client’s Company Secretary so he could do his work and file the documents with the Securities & Exchange Bureau of India.

The team was hard at work when the unthinkable happened.

A piping hot mug of coffee spilled on my laptop and all over my dress. My team was worried that I was scalded while I was worried that our key document was lost. The computer screen had gone a frightening shade of black.

It was an anxiety-ridden moment and it felt like a lifetime while we waited for our IT technician to come and save us.

Then I started giggling which horrified my team. The truth is, it was a reaction to somehow ease the anxiety that was building up inside of me and I was not going to cry in front of the group of young professionals who were equally close to tears.

It didn’t matter who had spilled the coffee or that I had coffee stains on my outfit. What mattered was somehow saving the situation.  Our cool as a cucumber IT technician turned out to be the hero of the day.

His key concern was to check if the hard drive was safe and while I went to clean up, he used an industrial strength blow dryer on the laptop. I later learned that he had seen these mishaps before. We hadn’t.

About 30 minutes later, we were able to retrieve the hard drive which was installed in a substitute laptop and work continued. We actually got our report in a full hour before our agreed deadline.

So when I saw the screen go weird yesterday, I knew this could be handled. I called out to Archangel Michael for support and immediately called my computer guy who told me to observe the computer and to start taking backups of all my important files as a security measure.

As of this morning, my laptop is okay although I’m still monitoring it. Backups are in place and I even got a spot of digital de-cluttering done.

Both times, it was situational anxiety where the odds meant I didn’t have control over the situation. I only had control over myself.

I’ve learned a lot about anxiety since and in this post, I’m sharing my understanding and 9 tactics to build resilience to anxiety and to cope with those unforeseen mishaps.

 

How to take charge when anxiety raises its head

 

9 tactics to control anxiety

 

Anxiety is the feeling of fear or apprehension that is intense enough to disrupt one’s daily activities. It hits anyone at any point in their lives, regardless of age and gender.

If you suffer from anxiety and let anxiety overcome you, you are effectively handing over a permission slip to stress and unhappiness to overrule you, by being paralyzed by anxiety.

You need to learn how to overcome it or at least reduce its effects. Here are a few tactics to help you conquer anxiety.

You can try one, some or all. The choice is yours based on what works for you.

 

Be the master of your thoughts

 

Be the master of your thoughts

Inability to control your thinking strengthens your tendency for anxiety. Anxiety gains momentum when you entertain negative thoughts.

Try this self-coaching exercise that involves relaxation and affirmations to improve your self-belief is by retraining your thought processes, whether conscious or sub-conscious.

Believe in Yourself – The ‘I Am’ Statement

 

Practice self-discipline and control over your feelings

Anxiety is like taking a ride on a roller coaster. Once you start entertaining negative thoughts and fears, they become a mantra that keeps perpetuating itself. The best thing to do is to cut them off right then and there. Distract yourself, divert your thoughts, or go talk to someone and have him or her correct your fears.

If you need help with these 2 tactics, I invite you to check out Do You Dare to take the 7 Day Positivity Challenge? where I show you how to go on a positive thought mental diet.

 

Trust your Inner Self

In today’s modern age, it is quite normal to think of oneself in terms of how others see us or what our ego dictates to the complete exclusion of our inner self and the intuitive faculty that we all possess.

Begin to trust your inner self and renew your connection with it. It might be scary at first but be persistent and keep testing the strength of your connection.

The best way is to observe how you feel when you make the connection and the resulting choices. Keep a diary to understand how your inner self communicates with you.

 

Think positive

Always think of the glass as being half-full. To think it is half-empty will only result in a never-ending cycle of negative thinking. Thoughts give birth to thoughts, and what you fill your mind with will spill over into reality.

Our mental mantras become self-fulfilling prophecies. When we allow thoughts to perpetuate in our minds, they burst forth into reality as, as was said, self-fulfilling prophecies.

The key is not to go “I won’t think negatively. I won’t think negatively.” Rather, you should force yourself to fixate on positive thoughts.

Write a list of the things you want to be and the things you want to happen in your life, enough that you could say every single morning within 3 minutes, to yourself.

Then every morning, when you wake up or before you leave for work or school, say your affirmations to yourself.

Example: “I am competent, articulate, and I will succeed in (what you need to achieve during the day) today!” Then throughout the day, when you catch yourself worrying, stop in your tracks, and force yourself to enumerate 5 things you are thankful for today. Repeat as needed.

 

Keep yourself busy and on the go

Never allow yourself to have idle moments.

The moment you get up from bed, keep yourself busy right away and keep moving throughout the day. Volunteer to clean the house for the day or tell somebody that you will do the dishes for dinner. You can also read books or magazines, engage in exercise, or meditate; to keep yourself from worrying/anxiety.

Being idle will not solve your problems and the moments when your mind isn’t busy doing something worthwhile will only invite more anxiety.

 

Work out a plan and try to accomplish it

Whether it’s how to improve yourself or a plan to solve the very problem that is causing your anxieties, doing this exercise would let you see that you can do something about your situation. This would also help you realize that you have control over yourself. Increasing control over your own life leads you to feel less anxious, because anxiety is an issue of control: the lack of it.

 

Consult someone that can be trusted

Sharing your worries with another person lightens the worries and puts them in the proper perspective. The premise is that you talk with the aim to lessen your anxiety. Many times when we are in the throes of a crisis, we find our objectivity impaired. At such times, a trusted confidant can provide that much needed grounding and objectivity.

 

Take a dose of laughter – its the best medicine

Laughter can ease your burdens. Be in the company of amusing friends or indulge in activities that can put laughter in your life, like watching The Pink Panther cartoon.

 

Practice breathing exercises when anxiety to mitigate anxiety

Taking deep breaths fills our lungs with much needed oxygen which also helps to relax the muscles. Try to build breathing exercises into your morning exercise routine and repeat during the day when you feel anxiety creeping up on you. Alternate nostril breathing is suggested.

Resource: Breathe and meditate to manage stress

 

Unless there is an extreme case of problems requiring medical intervention or professional help, anxiety is manageable, if you know how to get around it.

Have you ever faced a situation where your otherwise confident self was derailed by an event that set off an anxiety attack? How did you cope?

Please share your insights in the comments box below. You never know who needs to read it right now.

 

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16 Responses to “9 Anxiety Control Tactics Confident Executives Use For Success”

  1. Reba Linker says:

    Well done, Vatsala! I loe that the second time around you immediately called on Archangel Michael! I totally get that!

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Thanks Reba. Faced with a situation where we know we need more moral support requires calling on the Higher Powers to keep us calm. Archangel Michael is the best support when it comes to computers and electrical gadgets. 🙂

  2. Suzie Cheel says:

    Thinking and staying positive so important plus don’t panic- Yes AM id one of my archangels i call on regularlyxxx

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Calling on our Archangels for support makes it easier to create a clear plan of action. We get a chance to tap into our intuition as well, Suzie.

  3. There are days that it feels like my computer is the center of the Universe – well my universe anyway, which is probably why it is one of the few things that can cause me to come unhinged. I really like your tips, and they’ve all worked for me at various time. One thing I find that is especially comforting is to look for the lesson because with each experience I learn something new that makes me just tha little bit more confident. Thanks for the advice and inspiration!

    • Karmic Ally says:

      The 1 thing they never teach us about the laptop lifestyle is our dependence on it, Marquita. The way I feel about my beloved computer is similar to how I used to feel about my car when I had long drives to client locations that weren’t accessible by public transport. We do learn lessons that make sure we don’t repeat the same mistakes again or are more resilient to the stress an unexpected event can cause. Thanks for sharing your insights!

  4. Vatsala I love how you started to laugh and everyone looked at you like you had lost your marbles. Yes, I believe laughter chases the Boogyman and other “nasties” away. Right after I was on the Dr. Oz Show someone hacked into my blog through the comments, inserted a virus that took my whole website down, spread within 2 days and crashed my computer. There was nothing to be done so I laughed while I told the computer tech what had happened. He looked like he was going to cry for me. Like you, everything turned out okay. I get a new better computer and my “techy” salvaged almost everything. I believe our mindset and laughter changes the vibration of the situation and is like a kiss from God on one of life’s Boo-boos that makes it all better.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      I can fully relate to laughing when disaster strikes, Kathleen. It’s a much better reflex action compared to crying and it does raise our vibrations allowing the Universe to give us a better deal than the one we had. I do acknowledge the gravity of the situation that you found yourself in. That would make anyone cry.

  5. Sue Kearney says:

    For me trust is twofold — trust myself and my instincts, AND trust that something bigger than me has a guiding hand on my back.

    This transition of having to find a new place to live has me unhinged a lot (to glom on to Marquita’s eloquent description). Unhinged. Scared. Resentful. And then I return to love, return to trust, cry a little, and return again.

    At least there’s enough trust that I keep moving.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Trust that all will be well is important, Sue. Especially when you will be leaving a place that was home for so many years. There are new adventures ahead and the Unhinge is a temporary phase to a better house that will become your new home.

  6. Julie Gorges says:

    We all feel anxiety – no one is immune. These are all great tips to help us manage and control those feelings. If we can do so, it will help us accomplish goals, think of solutions, make better decisions, and consider possibilities that are not possible when your head is clouded with hopelessness, frustration and self-pity.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Absolutely, Julie. A clear mind can think for alternative solutions and even a spot of ‘outside the box’ ideas to get the job done. Thanks for adding your insights to the post!

  7. Summer Price says:

    Anxiety has more than once gotten the better of me. These are great tips on how to control that little beast a bit better. Thank you!

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Thanks Summer. Knowing how to tame the beast reduces the gravity of an anxiety attack and can even mitigate the recurrence of this debilitating condition.

  8. Joyce Hansen says:

    For anyone who has cats knows how much they love computers. I have inadvertently developed anxiety making sure keyboard is sufficiently protected when I walk away. Cat has figured out it makes for a nice litter box replacement. I feel somewhat vindicated that I’m not alone. They make a cat clear plexiglass cover for keyboards! (discovered this too late). So, deep breathing is a staple in my house, because I’m always watching for what’s next. Thank you for your very good suggestions that are needed by all of us living in an anxiety prone world.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Oh boy, Joyce, this reminds me of the time I had 4 dachshunds who knew the art of leaping onto the desk and playing havoc with my files and laptop. 🙂 Fortunately my current pet friend Miss Coco has not learned that art form. It’s amazing how little triggers can lead to anxious moments.

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