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26 Oct, 2011

Ann Skidmore’s top 10 tips for managing pressure

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Ann Skidmore's top 10 tips for managing pressure

Ann Skidmore is a Coaching Academy trainer and has trained, coached, mentored and developed over 14,000 people in various industries such as the health service, the airport industry, financial services sector, I.T., manufacturing, education, leisure industry, coaching industry, retailing and sales.

This week Ann shares with us her top 10 tips for managing pressure.

‘Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.’Shakespeare

Top 10 tips for managing pressure

1. Make the best use of energy, and pay proper attention to your health.

2. Balance work with recreation — and set aside a time each day for reflection.

3. Review your values — make sure that you are not putting yourself under unnecessary pressure by confusing your priorities.

4. Express your feelings — discuss with others possible areas of conflict before they become acute.

5. Accept what cannot be changed — have the courage to change what can be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.

6. Use negative experiences as positive steps to learning.

7. Check your time management skills — don’t set yourself unrealistic deadlines, order your priorities, delegate effectively, and approach tasks methodically.

8. Regard symptoms of stress positively, as early warning signals, and do something about them.

9. Face squarely anything that worries you. Often identifying honestly the worst that can happen will help relieve anxieties.

10. Count your blessings, not your afflictions, and live each day as it comes.

4 Responses to "Ann Skidmore’s top 10 tips for managing pressure"

1 | Tim O'Rahilly

October 26th, 2011 at 9:48 am


As always Ann you have the knack of summarising powerful ideas in simple terms. This is a great list that we all need to refer to often!

Everyone develops their own way to deal with stress and only this morning I heard of a great one that I guess I have always known but again I heard it clearly described. If you cannot easily talk to others about your feelings then try sitting down quietly and writing about them.

I was really impressed listening to the young rapper Professor Green being interviewed on TV. His latest hit single ‘Read All About It’ was his way of writing about his unspoken feelings towards his estranged father. He said that talking does not help him but writing about his feelings helps him to order whats going on in his head.

Worth a try?

2 | Carol Wilson

October 27th, 2011 at 4:30 pm


Thanks Ann, for your concise and focussed wisdom, I can feel the stress reducing already…

3 | Liza Lewelyn

October 27th, 2011 at 8:06 pm


This is so helpful and so powerful. I know all of the above works as I use these techniques at some point in my life, but to see them layed out together and so clear and concise is just great. I am going to make a copy of it.

4 | 7 Steps to staying cool, calm and collected by John Dyter | The Coaching Academy Blog

December 14th, 2011 at 1:35 pm


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