You’d be crazy to say that you’ve never experienced pressure, be it in school, work, at home, or even within yourself. While we all have different ways of dealing with pressure, here are a few general tips on how you can make the most out of a stressful situation:
Panic: Oftentimes your mind will tend to be in a flurry and you will tend to mix up your emotions with your to-do list and that family outing and that birthday party. But it is not a good idea to panic as you might end up doing something you will later on regret. Sure, it’s great to take a breather and release those emotions for a while, but panicking is not the way to do it.
Unleash your anger on everyone around you: This is very much easier said than done, but just because you’re pressured doesn’t mean no one else is. Everyone has their own baggage to carry, so do them a favor and keep the bad feelings to yourself.
Breathe: The first thing to do when you feel the pressure seeping into your system is to take deep breaths, and perhaps a sip of water. It would help you clear your mind and have a better perspective towards your work. You can even have a five-minute break with your favorite cup of coffee and/or your favorite snack. Whatever you do, make sure you get to relax for a bit and really set your mind in the right direction.
Pray: Pour it all out to the Almighty God. After all, what could be better than the God of the universe backing you up to handle your situation? Praying isn’t for God because He already knows what you need and what you’re going to ask for. It’s for you, really.
Praying helps you sort things out in your head. It helps a lot when you voice out your thoughts one by one. So just let it all out; He will surely be there to listen. And don’t forget to listen to Him as well when He impresses some action points in your heart to do with regards to your situation.
Plan it out: For those who aren’t used to writing everything down on a planner or whiteboard, now is the time. When you are pressured you will tend to forget some items on your to-do list, so it would be best to have an actual to-do list instead of a mental one.
A good idea would be to write down those deadlines on your planner so they are arranged by date, or to have a whiteboard calendar (those can be easily purchased at a bookstore)—either by week or by month—where you see everything posted up in your room. Wherever you jot it down, make sure you can see it easily.
Take it one step at a time: It would be advisable to do your work chronologically, according to deadline. But if the load varies, make sure you have enough time to do the heavier work ahead of the deadline. There is also this thing called the Time Management Matrix—you’ve probably heard of it—wherein activities are plotted onto a matrix according to importance and urgency.
When you’ve plotted your activities, that is the time you realize what you should be doing first (critical activities), what you should be doing next (important goals), and even what you should be eliminating or passing on to other people (distractions and interruptions). Keep in mind though, that this matrix just serves as a good starting point and is relative, so it still really depends on the nature of your job and your tasks.
So keep that smile on your face as you breeze through that emergency meeting or that report assigned today, due tomorrow. Remember, a situation is stressful only if you believe it to be stressful.