Whether it’s a crazy day at work, a hectic holiday season, or battling with your kids over their homework, we all understand the importance of remaining calm under pressure. But it’s not always as easy as it sounds.
I recall the first time I had to drive my daughter to the emergency room. I was panicked the entire way. When my sister met us at the entrance, she gave me the best advice. “You have to be calm so that you can talk with the medical team and tell them what’s going on,” she said, looking at me straight in the eyes. And as difficult as it was – and even though I was shaking uncontrollably – I was able to postpone my much-deserved nervous breakdown until later.
Of course, flipping the switch from panic to calm can take some practice. To achieve a strong sense of calmness in your personal or professional life, try some of these tips:
- Let go of the past. Bad feelings from past events or experiences can resurface during trying times, which can lead to anxiety or agitation. Calm people are able to focus their time and energy on the future, not dwell on the past.
- Be patient. When confronted with stressful situations, adrenaline kicks in and sometimes the impulse to rush into rash actions or decisions. Even when faced with the need to act quickly, take a deep breath and be confident that your next move is the correct one.
- Keep a clear head. It’s important to be alert and pay close attention to detail. Staying on your toes and always being aware of what’s going on around you will help create a state of calmness.
- Show courage under fire. When the pressure is on, it’s your moment to shine. Have confidence in your knowledge and training and let those skills guide you.
Calmness is an essential trait in the workplace, and in every aspect of your life. It helps to create a positive, solace atmosphere and builds trust among everyone around you. Now that’s not to say that at my son’s next basketball game, you won’t see me jumping out of my seat, shouting “shoot it” several dozen times.
In what ways have you seen those around you demonstrate calmness?