10 Psychological Hacks
Psychology can offer a variety of techniques and tricks to help manage stress, anxiety, or other issues. So, we hope you find these useful either when conducting business or simply in your day-to-day life.
If you are nervous or feel anxious when being introduced to a new person? Here’s a trick that might help. When talking to someone new try to make eye contact and pay attention to their eye colour.This will make you appear confident and help you focus. However the opposite is also true if there is someone you wish to avoid – in that case it is best to avoid eye contact.
2. Combat Stage Fright.
You don’t have to be an actor or musician to encounter stage fright. It may be that you have a presentation to make for work or have to make a speech. If this makes you nervous a good trick is to try some counting. You can simply count the number of people in attendance, glasses of water you can see as counting will help you focus on something other than your anxiety.You might also try chewing gum if you are feeling anxious as this can reduce stress levels and help you to feel calmer and more in control. Or simply take deep breaths before you are about to speak.
3. Appear confident
Wearing a smile is one of the best ways to show that you are approachable and friendly. At a social or business event it signals that you are happy to be there and are enjoying the company. Also, studies have shown that wearing bright clothes can make you feel happier and appear more confident.
4. Be aware of body language.
Body language can say a lot about you and is important to pay attention in a social setting., for example, if you are crossing your arms, it can indicate that you are not open to talking to others. Therefore, try to keep your body language open and welcoming if you want to make it easy for others to have a friendly conversation with you. Also when you are talking to someone, try to mirror their body language as this is a subtle way to show you are engaged in their conversation with a sense of similarity. For example if they are sitting with their legs crossed, you can sit with your legs crossed, too. If however they are crossing their arms or looking away, it might be a good time to say goodbye rather than overstaying your welcome.
5. Destress with physical activity
Exercising can reduce stress and help your mood, If you are feeling overwhelmed, take some time out for physical activity. This can help to clear your head and give you the energy to face the challenges ahead. Even if you don’t feel like stepping out of your room, force yourself to take a walk. Also remember that even though sitting at one place at your desk all day long may seem like the best way to get work done, it is essential to take breaks and move around. .
6. Learn to say no
Some people feel guilty when they say no but it’s impossible to please everyone all the time. Although you may wish to help others and make them happy, be sure this doesn’t come at the price of your own well-being. If you find that you need to say no to someone, try not to feel guilty about it.
7. Try to give positive feedback
We all know positive feedback goes a long way and especially living in Thailand we must be aware of the need to “save face”’ Therefore it is important to ensure you give constructive feedback and try to focus on positive aspects first. For instance, you might start by saying something like, “I really like how you….” to help soften the blow before any negative feedback you might have to give.
8. Try to stay positive
Hope for the best but prepare for the worst and try to stay positive. It will help you maintain a better outlook and give you the strength to keep pushing forward. Also, when you are talking to someone, try nodding your head while they are speaking. This simple gesture can help to make them feel more comfortable and you can also try nodding your head to make someone agree with you this human reflex might work in your favour.Your tone and voice can convey a lot of information, even if you are not saying anything and a positive manner can help to put the other person at ease.
9. Remain silent to avoid conflicts
If there are times when you feel emotional or stressed, it might be better to refrain from talking rather than engage in a conflict. This can be especially true if you are dealing with a stressful situation. Instead of arguing when someone says something that you disagree with, try to stay silent and take a moment to collect your thoughts. This can help you to avoid escalating the conflict or saying something that you might later regret.
10. Limit your indecisiveness
We have all been in a tiresome situation where we just cannot make up our minds about something. This can be excruciating and lead to a lot of wasted time.A good hack, therefore, is to limit your options. For example, if you are choosing an outfit for a party, or an important occasion just pick out two or three instead of standing and staring into your wardrobe!