I can’t think of anyone more well-versed in the art and science of remaining collected under pressure than nurses – those too-often unsung heroes working in a variety of medical settings. What can you learn from them to remain unruffled under pressure?
Julie Cullen gives tips for remaining calm in Nurse Today. These include steady, calm movement that reassures your nervous system (and those around you) that everything will be fine. Another great idea is to remember this is not YOUR emergency. Yes, it is important, even critical. And it doesn’t help to step into the emotional state of people around you if they are getting emotionally turbulent. I sometimes repeat this phrase in my head: “Not my circus. Not my monkeys.” This allows me to continue to engage rationally in the midst of chaos. (And it does remind me of how glad I am that circuses are largely a thing of the past.)
Read the whole article for more. AND I’d add that Humanergy’s CIMA tool helps people remain calibrated in any situation. If you are not clear about what you can Control, Impact and Mitigate (and the rest that must be Accepted), you cannot retain poise under pressure.
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