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What to Do When You Can't Control Your Stress

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Everyone can relate to a day at work that just starts off on the wrong foot.  Perhaps you have just had an argument with a spouse or loved one, or you’re late for an appointment even though you had a million reminders in your schedule, or your inbox contains e-mail after e-mail with what seem like impossible demands.  These days can feel really long, and before you know it, the smile is wiped off your face, and you dread your next customer or colleague-facing interaction.  In fact, you become filled with anxiety at the thought of your next appointment, and you realize that you have to get your act together.

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Link Between Anger and Anxiety?

Link Between Anger and Anxiety? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
A new study suggests anger is a powerful emotion that intensifies anxiety and compromises therapy leading to serious health consequences.

Researchers from Concordia University discovered anger can exacerbate symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a condition that affects millions of individuals.
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Shaan White's curator insight, October 6, 9:59 AM

In therapy we often like to complicate things. When we refer to the chart of emotions it becomes clear why anger and anxiety are intertwined. In fact not just anger, any negative state can affect anxiety and compound the experience of the sufferer. The solution to being anxiety free is having a clear simple approach of letting go of the destructive feelings and emotions and training our minds to focus on the solution (Goal) that we want.

 

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Overcoming Nervous Nelly - Exploring the Harmful Effects of Anxiety on Performance

Overcoming Nervous Nelly - Exploring the Harmful Effects of Anxiety on Performance | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

A colleague is out sick, and suddenly it's fallen on you to deliver a crucial client presentation. The saliva dries up in your mouth, your heart races. You briefly consider heading home sick yourself, before moving into the conference room to discover your boss has decided to sit in. If you were in danger of failing before, now your anxiety has made failure a foregone conclusion.


We've all experienced the crippling effects of job performance anxiety. But far from being uniquely relegated to nightmare scenarios like the one outlined above, anxiety is a pervasive aspect of office life, says Harvard Business School Assistant Professor Alison Wood Brooks.

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In situations from business negotiations to karaoke, Alison Wood Brooks explores the harmful effects of anxiety on performance—and how to combat them.

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Richard Lock's curator insight, October 29, 2013 5:13 AM

Interesting to see the performance difference from a simple reframe. What we say to ourselves before we are about to present, or indeed perform in some other way, has a real impact on our results. Anxiety is normal (http://www.speakingandpresenting.com/public-speaking-anxiety.html) and so is self talk. Make sure you are repeatedly telling yourself how exciting the situation is and how much you are looking forward to it. Lose the typical doomsday inner voice.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, October 29, 2013 9:55 PM

Wow, this is something that many of us have experienced at some time or the others in our professional lives. In many cases it is about salvaging the situation and making the best out of it. Performance anxiety sure hit you hard! It drives away the ability to think rationally and in a cool manner. In many cases, the boss expects the goods to be delivered and he or she may not be bothered about what you are going through! I guess you can pray to God for some inspiration or just trust that you are going to do your best!

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How Sleep Loss Ups Our Anxiety

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Not getting enough shuteye can amplify the brain's anticipatory reactions, upping overall anxiety levels, according to new research.


And the effect is particularly pronounced among people who are nervous to begin with.


"What this study highlights is the importance of sleep for healthy emotional functioning," said Andrea Goldstein, who did the research at the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. "And people who are highly anxious may actually be more vulnerable."

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