How to stay calm in stressful situations

Stressful situations keep us feeling lost and afraid, especially when we are in the offices. To be even more productive it is of a high importance to stay calm in stressful situations.
Studies have shown that specific tactics can help us navigate our natural tendency to be defensive when confronted.


Immobilization is the first tactics which is a natural and adaptive reaction.
Second tactics is mobilization. Under threat, the heart begins to beat faster, we become aggressive. This is the fight-or-flight response.
The third one is engagement and connection. When we feel safe again, we begin to function differently. We are more open to others and experience a sense of connectedness that can lead to collaboration and learning.

All three tactics are normal, and it is very important for everyone to understand and be aware of it. Bring to mind previous experiences where you’ve successfully moved through uncertainty in the past. Let go of the need to serve your ego by clarifying your highest purpose and focus on your intention. The interaction is an emergent learning process — it will be challenging, but as long as you stay connected, you can get through it together.  

Self-regulation opens the way to collaboration and change.
The choice we make is often the difference between our success and failure.