Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills: Reducing stress in the moment

High levels of stress can overwhelm the mind and body, getting in the way of your ability to accurately “read” a situation, hear what someone else is saying, be aware of your own feelings and needs, and communicate clearly.

Being able to quickly calm yourself down and relieve stress helps you stay balanced, focused, and in control—no matter what challenges you face or how stressful a situation becomes.

Stress busting: Reducing stress and functioning well in the heat of the moment.

Develop your stress-busting skills by working through the following three steps:

Realize when you’re stressed

The first step to reducing stress is recognizing what stress feels like. How does your body feel when you’re stressed? Are your muscles or stomach tight or sore? Are your hands clenched? Is your breath shallow? Being aware of your physical response to stress will help regulate tension when it occurs.

Identify your stress response

Everyone reacts differently to stress. If you tend to become angry or agitated under stress, you will respond best to stress-relieving activities that quiet you down. If you tend to become depressed or withdrawn, you will respond best to stress-relieving activities that are stimulating. If you tend to freeze—speeding up in some ways while slowing down in others—you need stress-relieving activities that provide both comfort and stimulation.

Discover the stress-busting techniques that work for you

The best way to reduce stress quickly is by engaging one or more of your senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Each person responds differently to sensory input, so you need to find things that are soothing and/or energizing to you. For example, if you’re a visual person you can relieve stress by surrounding yourself with uplifting images. If you respond more to sound, you may find a wind chime, a favorite piece of music, or the sound of a water fountain helps to quickly reduce your stress levels.


Coaching can play a huge role in people’s lives helping them to achieve clarity and perform to the best of their ability. Philip Gimmack has coached hundreds of people to personal and business success and has a reputation for achieving results whilst also maintaining a holistic and wellness viewpoint.

You can contact him to discuss on 0208 455 6575 or via email on philip@EQworks.co.uk


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