Most of us think that the ability to remain calm in high-pressure situations is an innate trait that people with particular personalities are naturally blessed with. Although there is some truth to this notion, it doesn't mean that the rest of us can't practice and eventually master this necessary life skill. Here are some tips and techniques you can do to keep your cool under pressure.
Make It A Habit To Be Prepared
Take A Moment
Unless it's a medical emergency or you're in grave danger, chances are when you're under pressure you can request for additional time to calm yourself down and think things through. When you're in the state of anxiety, never say or do the first thing that comes to your mind. Especially if you're asked a vital question, never feed assumed information out of panic. Instead, take a moment to breathe and gather your thoughts.
Break Down What Needs To Be Done
When you've got a hundred and one things to do, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Instead of running around like a headless chicken, sit down and strategise. Define your overarching goal/s and make a list of the things you should accomplish, how to carry it out and when. You have to be realistic when creating a plan of action, always keep in mind the pessimistic estimated amount of time to accomplish each task. This way, you'll have a margin of safety in case things don't go as planned.
Ask For Help From The Right People
It's easy to ask for help, but what's necessary is to learn to ask for help from the right people. Otherwise, it would be just a waste of everybody's time. Ask someone with the right skill, experience and the time to commit to you. And when the time comes, it should be someone that you'll be willing to return the favour to.
Calibrate Your Thoughts
Under the mask of panic and anxiety is fear of the worst thing that could happen. And often, the worst case scenario that we have in our minds has a low probability of ever becoming a reality. So actually, being in the moment of fear is the worst and the most crippling part. To beat this, you must calibrate your thinking and view situations in a positive light. Think of failures as necessary steps towards becoming better, and know that your inner strength is stronger than any challenge that lies ahead.
Take Care Of Your Health
Nourish your body and mind, so you can prepare for any spontaneous stressful situation. Don't neglect sleep and proper diet as these would help you think clearly under pressure. And always look for opportunities to improve your character and skills.
When The Crisis Has Passed...
After you've gone through the ordeal, evaluate the situation. Is there anything else that you can do to make it better? Take note of the things that you have to prepare for the next time you're confronted with a similar situation. First, we learn and then we become better.