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Controlling excessive worry & stress

Stress: control stress & even make it work to enhance your performance

Spent an inspirational session with 11 Law Society lawyers discussing how to control stress and even make it work to our advantage by using it to take our performance to new highs. As is typical with the topics AXIO specialise in there is no straightforward answer. The solutions are not black and white because we work with people. So the same problem has a different solution depending on the people and the circumstances. What causes one person stress another may well find stimulating – for example going down a zip line or sky diving is a dream come true or the stuff of nightmares. In the case of lawyers some find practising in a court room highly stimulating for others it is terrifying.  The answer is to work with the energy the experience produces.

Fake it ‘til you make it

Emotions such as  excitement, anxiety and anger share the same bodily symptons including increased heart rate, butterflies / flip flopping tummy and breathing heavily. So the technique is to turn anxiety into excitement  by telling yourself you are excited. You have to fake it til you make it – in other words it’s necessary to keep telling yourself you’re excited until you actually feel it.

Using stress positively stimulates athletes to record breaking performances and gives mum’s superhuman powers when you read about them lifting a car off a baby’s buggy after a car accident.

Engaging, fun & helpful

This session  underlined one of AXIO’s key strength which is in the ability of its coaches to take participants out of their comfort zones to share their fears and challenges which allows for peer coaching so the solutions come from the group. The seminar was summed up when the organiser emailed that it was an engaging, fun and helpful .

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