Stress, panic, anxiety, sadness, fear….
Once in a while, we can become 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 here 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. Journaling, drawing, recording yourself speaking or having a conversation with a trusted person can help you pinpoint the triggers and unearth layers of triggering thoughts.
- Create a “bigger space” for your feelings. This may be psychological or physical space or both (such as a yoga class). If you are in a cramped room, like an office or bedroom, try spending some time in an expansive museum or other building with high ceilings or the great outdoors. Even a walk up a staircase and some deep breathing can open things up for you.
- 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 15-minute break. Make sure to choose something that recharges you. Physical activity that charges up your endorphins is a good break.
- 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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