by Stephanie Webster, EMBA London January 2021
It’s the start of my MBA journey! I’m so excited!
I have so much to learn and it starts with me: learning about how I manage my emotions during this unbelievable programme. Managing anxiety is an essential skill to master to deal with life, MBA, family, health, work and so on.
My top tips:
- Exercise. Just do it.
- Avoid stimulants e.g coffee
- Maintain perspective (I’m not being chased by a lion. It’s only data analytics. Calm down Steph!)
- Find the funny side of the pressure
- Be immensely grateful for all the opportunities
This list is all very lovely but sometimes we need need a bit of help to manage our state.
The Well-being Centre at LBS provides support for these occasions. It’s useful talking to someone. I talk to James Lamper and his tips are:
- Opening up to someone you trust can be a relief and help you better understand your worries and anxiety.
- Look after your physical health by getting enough sleep and following a balanced diet that can stabilise your mood and energy levels.
- Regular exercise will help you battle stress and release tension, as your brain releases endorphins which will improve your mood.
- Breathing exercises, mindfulness and relaxation techniques will help calm your mind.
- Keep a diary of the situations that make you feel anxious and note how you’ve reacted in each situation. This will help you identify potential triggers for your anxiety.
- Avoid things that can exacerbate your anxiety, such as smoking, caffeine and alcohol.
So there we have it.
If you fancy a chat, my door is open. You can reach out to me via Linkedin.