How many times have you heard people say they perform best under pressure? In our society the idea that applying pressure to a situation will reap the best results is very prevalent. It’s such a part of our psyche that we do it subconsciously. For many of us it’s a part of life, basically second nature.
I’m not here to say whether our national obsession with pressure is right or wrong. However, I have noticed a significant pattern between my clients overall mental and don’t realize even realize it. Why? Because it seems natural to be on edge, the whole fight or fight thing.
The drawback is that our body and it’s building without any release.
There is no real way to avoid all pressure in our society, things will happen and pressure through the physical activity. But what do you do if you sit at a desk all day to release pressure?
Here are some suggestions:
- Take control of the level of pressure you put on yourself. Instead of criticizing yourself and forcing yourself to work harder, add some breaks to your day. Use this time, even if it is only 3 minutes to do something you enjoy like listen to music.
- Add physical activity to your day, wherever and whenever you can, even if it’s just 15 minutes a day. It will release your stress.
- Do something just for the fun of it. Allow yourself to play like you were a kid again. This type of play helps to bring the good feeling back to your brain.
- Breathe. Sounds odd since we do it naturally. The trick is to breathe deeply. Take a minute in the morning, afternoon, and focus better.
If you work well under pressure and allow themselves to work at a comfortable pace.