Do you often feel stuck when it comes to handling stressful situations, particularly when they're related to an activity or project you're passionate about? This is a very common issue. Our Manotick physiotherapists explain how it can be overcome.
Everyone experiences stress - it's a natural response to the pressures of our daily lives, especially where things like athletic endeavours or passion projects are concerned.
However, stress can become an issue if it starts to negatively impact our ability to do what we want to do - whether that's achieving our goals in a stressful environment, or having the energy and willpower to do what we love after managing our stress at work all day.
When stress begins to negatively impact your life after your initial feeling of it, it's generally time to seek help to manage these feelings.
At our Nepean physiotherapy clinic location,our mental performance consultant can work with you to help support you in accomplishing your goals and performing to a high level by managing your stress, whether this might be in the office or on the court or field.
Our Mental Performance Consulting Services
In many ways, mental performance consulting works similarly to other mental health services. That said, the focus here is on encouraging positive and supportive mental habits that can help you perform to a higher degree.
During your initial appointment, our mental performance consultant will take some time to get to know you and who you are, as well as your history of which areas you'd like to improve your performance on. You'll then develop some goals to help you improve your performance.
Appointments are in 30-minute and 6-minute time slots, with varying ability to discuss yourself and your progress as you work on specific skills.
Mental performance consultations can help to focus on a variety of skills to support a client's goals and achievements, including:
- Resilience and Adversity Management
- Focus and Distraction Control
- Stress Management
Performance Coaching for Stress Management
When it comes to the specific kinds of discussions and mental exercises that are involved in performance counselling for stress management skills, the primary focus is on assisting you in managing yours and other's stress - with a particular focus on performance anxiety.
What your mental performance consultant will be focusing on will be situations like nervousness before playing a game, public speaking, or delivering a product presentation at work that may be negatively impacting your ability to reach your potential during those tasks.
Alternatively, if you are finding that a particular factor in your life is causing far-ranging stress such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they will work with you to work through those emotions and stop them from negatively impacting the rest of your life.
Examples of Ways to Manage Stress
While the strategies that may be proposed to help you manage your stress will vary depending on your specific case and context, the following are some common strategies that may be suggested by our mental performance consultant:
- Plan Stressful Events Ahead of Time To Help You Feel In Control
- Lighten Your Workload
- Leave Plenty of Time to Transition From Doing One Intensive Thing to Another
- Avoid Multitasking
- Focus on What You Are Working On Right Now
Ask your mental performance consultant about what they think the right strategies for your stress management may be at your first appointment.