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How to stay calm under pressure

Stress and anxiety can ruin your day, and they certainly don’t help you get anything done. When people feel stressed, they become preoccupied with the problem at hand—humans enter ‘fight or flight’ mode. You’ll find that you can’t focus on your work because all of your attention is devoted to dealing with the problem in front of you.

Panic and stress can be crippling to any individual, whether you’re a professional athlete or an office worker. It is essential to learn how to remain calm and cool under pressure to most effectively handle stress and deal with the most difficult of situations. In this article, we’ll look at some recommended ways you can deal with anxiety and alleviate stress, such as playing games in an online casino.

Why is it important to stay calm under pressure?

When someone is under pressure, the body secretes the hormone epinephrine. They call this reaction ‘fight or flight. It produces adrenaline that helps one deal with an emergency. However, this increases your heart rate, blood flow, and breathing. In today’s day and age, people are constantly under some sort of pressure. Whether it be work deadlines or family issues, being able to stay calm in a stressful situation can often mean the difference between success and failure.

Take a step back and ask yourself, 'what's the worst-case scenario?'

When you’re in the middle of a stressful situation, it’s easy to lose perspective and become reactionary. Taking a step back allows you to assess the problem objectively. This way, you may be able to identify an alternative solution that is better than your initial reaction. By taking a moment to think about what’s going on around you, you can often gain clarity and make informed decisions without overreacting or making impulsive decisions.

How can you reduce pressure?

The best way to reduce pressure in your daily routine is to allow yourself time for relaxation. Meditation, yoga, and exercise are great ways to relax. Some people find that listening to music helps them feel less stressed too. There are also many ‘stress relieving’ activities you can do with friends or family members. This can provide an outlet for stress without adding more work to your schedule.

The best way to take your mind off of negative emotions and stressful situations is to do something positive. Playing games in an online casino can be a great way to alleviate stress and anxiety. The experience will also help you take a break from other responsibilities, such as work. Taking a fun break enables you to go back feeling refreshed.

Everyone faces stressful situations at one time or another, and we know it can be hard to stay calm. To stay calm under pressure, it is important that you develop a plan and stick to it, especially when so many people experience pressure daily. If you know how to handle it and choose a method for staying calm that works best for you (and stick to it each time you find yourself stressed out), you will see the difference it makes. If you need help developing your plan or choosing the right method, don’t hesitate to reach out!

How ‘hustle culture’ found self care and what this means for millennials

It’s no secret the 80s are back, and in acknowledging the resurgence of scrunchies and SoundCloud overflowing with synthpop there’s one trend that never really left: hustle culture. A recent New York Times article, Why Are Young People Pretending To Love Work, mentioned coworking giant WeWork, where it is common to find signs like ‘Hustle Harder’ and ‘Stop When You Are Done’. 

Somewhere around Netflix’s Girlboss series adaptation, described as a “tone-deaf rallying cry to millennial narcissists”, hustle culture became a subject of mockery. Yet, here it is, still a dominant ideology in 2019 (people who worship Elon Musk are very much alive and well). They say culture is a pendulum, and so the more recent self-care phenomenon appeared to enter internet culture as a true antithesis to the daily grind. Although there were initially obvious benefits to this idea in its purest sense, (self-love and prioritising health = good), the rush-to-market approach taken by brands to repackage rest and mental health as purchasable (aka the self-care industrial complex) has created a new sort of essential oil-infused dystopian reality.

With self-care often pitted as the solution to hustle culture, you’d think the social media sphere would have polarised into contrasting ideologies. But these trends have more in common than appears. Both lend themselves equally to earnestness and commodification. They’re shaped around the concept of self-improvement, and they’re both powerful mechanisms for social identity construction, and the transition of ‘wants’ into ‘needs.’ 

In fact, many brands and individuals have chosen to champion them simultaneously. Nike, long-time pioneers of ‘just doing it’, recently co-hosted a ‘Self Care Saturday’ in LA with Urban Outfitters that featured crystal facials (whatever that might mean). And Girlbossone of the pioneers of the glossier-but-make-it-corporate marketing of hustle culturehas a ‘wellness’ brand pillar.

Strangely, rather than living side by side, hustle culture and self care have come together in a strange marriage. It’s 2019, and you still need to get that bread, but also remember to use your meditation app.

Now both these cultures are likely also a response to an increasingly uncertain future. For young people, this has produced a kind of unapologetically paradoxical, post-woke, “material girl in a dying world” mentality. The consensus seems to be when the system is broken, all we can really do is focus on improving ourselves and our direct and online communities. And unfortunately, the reality of self-improvement in the late 10s is that there’s always something new to need.

While hustle culture and self-are both put the responsibility on the individual, we should seek to examine the systems that purposefully encourage hyper-individualism in the view of needing consumers to need—and shop. 

Even as self-care reaches the end of internet-earnestness and joins hustle culture and Girlboss in the parody phase, it’s anything but the end for their collective cultural influence. The self-care meets hustle culture paradox will live on through years of future content, as we continue to shape a large portion of our identities through a branded hierarchy of needs.

This article was written by Pitch Portal for Screen Shot as part of its recent project in collaboration with Screen Shot and the V&A Museum: Let’s (Not) Get This Bread.