We all have numerous stressors in our lives:
- Money and the lack of it
- Fear of public speaking
- Demands on our limited time
- Outreach and community service requirements
- Fear of future career prospects
- Negotiating with difficult people
- Panel discussions
- Grant applications & project funding
- The importance of our work!
- Relationships with loved ones and friends
- All the little personal to-do’s that seem insurmountable
I could easily write a thousand-item list here, but the bottom line is that we all feel stress, tension, anxiety, confusion, excitement, desire, and a million other things. This helps make us the fascinating, accomplished, complex beings that we are, but those things can also drain our focus and keep us from presenting our best selves in all the life and work situations where we are asked to share our knowledge and our ideas… Meetings, workshops, classes, lectures, talks, conferences, even the dinner table. If you add to that any sort of fear or anxiety about public speaking, then this topic becomes triply important.
So, how do we reduce our stress and release our tension?
We use a myriad of tactics. The one that we will focus on today is guided relaxation. If you’ve never tried something like this before, find a quiet place where you can be alone with your thoughts, and keep an open mind. Practicing this regularly can be a helpful part of your stress-reducing strategy.
How do you feel? Calm, peaceful, relaxed… a bit lighter without some of the tension you may have been carrying around with you? I hope so.
I encourage you to look for opportunities in your week to use this exercise. Before an important or stressful meeting? In the morning before work? Perhaps it could be part of your nightly routine as you unwind at the end of your day. Pay attention to how you feel afterwards. Does that feeling translate into other moments of your day?
The goal here is relaxation…
Reduce your stress, find inner peace and calm, and see how that helps you with your next public speaking engagement or opportunity.
Jenifer and Adriénne
After experimenting with this a few times, send us an email to let us know your observations and results! Or post your comments below! We love a good conversation.
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