Stress, panic, anxiety, sadness, fear…. We are sometimes so overwhelmed by our thoughts, feelings and emotions that we can’t even think straight.
Sometimes these emotions creep up over time.
At other times, they pop up in reaction to an event, with no warning whatsoever.
There is no quick fix, but there are some ways to cope:
- Identify what you are feeling. Let yourself acknowledge and experience all of your emotions. The range may be larger than you realize.
- Create a “bigger space” to contain your feelings. This may be psychological space – like you would find in a yoga class, for example – or literal physical space. If you are in a cramped room, like an office or bedroom, try an expansive museum or other building with high ceilings or the great outdoors.
- Be with people who can help you through it. Sometimes commiseration is helpful, and at other times a new topic can give you a mental break.
- Give yourself room to have fun, even if it is a quick game of Angry Birds.
- Channel your negative energy into something positive. How can you create what you want to see in the world?
Anne Marie Segal is a career and leadership coach, author and resume writer who works with executives, attorneys and entrepreneurs on change management, career transitions, personal branding and professional development.
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