Calm, Aware, & Present: How to Manage Anxiety at Work

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Summary

The workplace can be a place that is riddled with anxiety. So, what does it look like to be calm, aware, and present in this space? Join Dustin Moody and Joanna Meyer as they discuss this topic with Steve Cuss, an author, speaker, and educator through his Capable Life Program. Steve is the author of, Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs.

Highlights

On the power to choose a response:

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In the space is the power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” – Viktor Frankl

On the power of the pause:

“What’s weird about chronic anxiety is it actually numbs your awareness. So what happens is you get reactive, you’re not even aware that you’re filled with anxiety. And next thing you know, you’re on a metaphorical treadmill, running as fast as you can, getting nowhere. And so really, one of the most powerful tools is to pause…”

On breaking unhealthy patterns:

It’s such a powerful tool to learn how to notice recurring patterns of thinking and behavior in yourself. And once you notice them, you’ve got two choices. You can drive yourself crazy because you can’t eliminate them…Or instead, you can practice curiosity and self-kindness…”

Resources

If you enjoyed this conversation be sure to check out Steve Cuss’ book, Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs, and visit his website.

Learn more and download this free resource of Spiritual Disciplines for Your Work.

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