As a woman navigating a demanding business role, you're undoubtedly familiar with the constant pursuit of success while juggling numerous responsibilities and attempting to strike a balance in your personal and professional life. Many women experience these challenges due to societal expectations and the immense pressure to please others and maintain a facade of perfection. Therefore, it's essential to explore ways on how to overcome anxiety and regain a sense of balance.
The toll of stress on women's health is undeniable, as stress hormones can directly impact physical and emotional well-being. Chronic fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, dizziness, frequent illness, and impaired concentration (commonly referred to as brain fog) are all signs that the demands of your high-pressure role may be affecting your overall wellness and leading to burnout. If you find yourself caught in the cycle of anxiety and stress taking proactive steps to address these challenges can empower you to navigate your demanding role with greater resilience, promote overall well-being, and cultivate a healthier life style.
Dealing effectively with business related anxiety is a very personal journey, but here are a couple of tips that may help point you in the right direction that come from these 5 best-selling books on how to overcome anxiety:
"The Anxiety Solution" by Chloe Brotheridge: This book provides practical techniques and exercises to conquer anxiety and develop resilience.
Tip 1 - deep belly breathing. When anxiety strikes, take a moment to focus on your breath. Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing your belly to expand, and exhale slowly through your mouth. This simple yet effective technique helps activate the body's relaxation response, calming your nervous system and reducing anxiety symptoms.
Brené Brown's "Daring Greatly" challenges the perception of vulnerability as a weakness, encouraging you to embrace it as a strength.
Tip 2 - cultivate self-compassion. When facing anxiety, be kind to yourself and acknowledge that it's okay to feel vulnerable. Treat yourself with the same understanding and compassion you would offer to a dear friend. By nurturing self-compassion, you create a supportive inner dialogue that empowers you to navigate anxiety with courage and resilience.
Chad LeJeune's "The Worry Trap" explores Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a tool to break free from worry and anxiety.
Tip 3 - mindfulness. Engage in mindfulness exercises, such as mindful breathing or body scans, to bring your attention to the present moment. By observing your thoughts and emotions without judgment, you can detach from anxious thinking patterns and cultivate a greater sense of acceptance and inner calm.
Joseph Murphy's "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" offers profound insights into harnessing the power of your subconscious to overcome self-doubt and cultivate success.
Tip 4 - practice positive affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat to yourself, such as "I am calm and confident" or "I have the strength to overcome challenges." By consistently reinforcing positive beliefs in your subconscious mind, you can reprogram negative thought patterns and boost your confidence in managing anxiety.
"Rewire Your Anxious Brain" by Catherine M. Pittman and Elizabeth M. Karle provides valuable insights into the brain-anxiety connection and practical techniques to rewire your thought patterns.
Tip 5 - engage in cognitive restructuring. Identify and challenge negative thought patterns that contribute to anxiety. Replace them with more realistic and positive thoughts. For example, if you catch yourself catastrophising about a future event, consciously reframe it by focusing on potential positive outcomes or reminding yourself of past successes.
Each book offers unique perspectives and tools to support you in overcoming anxiety, finding work-life balance, and boosting your confidence. Incorporating these practical techniques into your daily life can contribute to your journey of resilience, self-discovery, and personal growth.
Remember, you have the power to shape your own destiny. By equipping yourself with knowledge and strategies, you can navigate the challenges of anxiety with strength, grace, and a renewed sense of purpose. For more strategies on mastering stress, read my blog on Building Resilience for Work Success.