Most of us realize that like it or not…anxiety is a normal part of life. Often my clients share that they have a fair amount of anxiety when it comes to public speaking. Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, this post is for you so please read on.
When coaching my clients, one significant aspect of our work revolves around anxiety, specifically managing it so that it doesn’t consume you. Having coached clients since 1994 there are a myriad of techniques that can be applied depending on what’s most suitable for the individual. I’m also always on the look out for new ideas on this topic.
Recently in one of the emails I received from Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., he described what he refers to as the 3 Rs to release negative, anxious thoughts: Recognize, Relax and Release.
Step 1: Recognize that the thought is forming in your brain. That negative thought could be anything
that pops into your head–often my clients think “I dread speaking in front of people.”
Step 2: Relax your body since your body is reacting when you think negative, anxious thoughts.
Step 3: Release the thinking. Dr. Goldstein recommends using the out-breath to release tension in your
body as well as the negative thinking. He suggests that you imagine negative thoughts leaving
your body with each out-breath.
**Dr. Goldstein reminds us that results are outgrowths of what we practice and the more we try a technique the more automatic it becomes. This is sage advice to keep in mind.
Try the 3R technique to see if helps curb your anxiety about anxiety!