4 Steps to Manage Stress in the Moment

Sometimes we find ourselves caught in situations that can make us feel like we’re losing control of things. Panic, fear, and a sense of doom can quickly set in. Fortunately, those situations are rarely, if ever, as bad as we make them out to be.

With just a few simple steps, we can regain our composure and get a handle on the situation:

Stop what you are doing, and remove yourself from the situation immediately. This is for your own health and safety, and the safety of others working around you.

Take 10 seconds for yourself. Take a breath and breathe out slowly a few times. This will help slow your heart rate and calm your busy mind.

Focus on the here and now, and clear your mind of all the things you’re worrying about. Focusing on what’s immediately present is one of the best ways to clear out all the other crap that’s racing through your head.

Now that you have had a few minutes to re-centre, what do you need to engage with from here?

  • You might feel OK, and head back to work.
  • You might just need to chat to someone - talk to a colleague or your boss to help get their take on things.