Tips for women to beat Stress and Anxiety

March 14, 2024 14:01
Tips for women to beat Stress and Anxiety

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Dr Chandni Tugnait, M.D. (Alternative Medicines), Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Business Coach, NLP Expert, Healer, Founder & Director - Gateway of Healing, highlights that workplace anxiety is a widespread concern for many women. This is influenced by a combination of societal pressures, internalized biases, and the intimidating nature of organizational cultures. From an early age, girls are often taught to prioritize perfectionism, pleasing others, and downplaying their achievements. These learned behaviors can lead to chronic self-doubt and impostor fears in professional environments. To address this, here are a few suggestions for women to overcome workplace anxiety.

Firstly, it is important to identify and challenge self-sabotaging thoughts. Women are often conditioned to doubt themselves and downplay their accomplishments. By recognizing negative thought patterns such as imposter syndrome or catastrophizing, one can actively counter them with positive self-talk and evidence of their competence. Additionally, research has shown that adopting confident body language, also known as a "power pose," can reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and boost confidence. Prior to important meetings or presentations, taking a few minutes to stand tall with hands on hips can enhance self-assurance.

Lastly, having a trusted ally in the workplace can provide invaluable support. This person can serve as a confidant, offering guidance and understanding during challenging times.

Approach your anxieties openly, seeking solace in the company of others who can provide perspective and validation when self-doubt arises.

Be cautious of perfectionism: The relentless pursuit of flawlessness is linked to increased anxiety and burnout. Instead, prioritize completion and embrace learning opportunities rather than fixating on achieving perfection.

Take stock of your accomplishments: Women often underestimate and downplay their achievements. Maintaining a running record of your successes can counteract feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.

Designate time for worrying: Instead of trying to suppress anxious thoughts entirely, allocate specific periods of time to fully experience them, and then redirect your focus. This approach allows for an outlet while reclaiming control.

Cultivate self-compassion: Studies indicate that women tend to be less self-compassionate than men. Make a conscious effort to balance self-criticism with the kindness and understanding you would extend to a friend. Self-compassion serves as a balm for anxiety.

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