I find that when I know that I've tried my hardest, that I've done absolutely everything within my power to be successful at a given project, whether or not I succeed becomes almost secondary.
When you've really tried your hardest you're pretty likely to succeed, right?
2. Create community with those who are in a similar situation.
If you're losing your mind over your many projects, your fruitless house hunt, your never-ending job search or your frequently rejected manuscript, it's easy to feel like you're the only one going through this. But, shockingly enough, you're not. Other people in the world are stressed out, unemployed, or unpublished. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend hunkering down for a three hour whine-fest with your equally frustrated peers, it feels good to know you're not alone.
Allot yourself a bit of time to complain about this predicament and then see if these friends are trying anything you haven't thought of. Maybe your friend knows a graphic designer or a headhunter or a real estate agent. Combine and use your powers for good!
3. Give yourself a break.
If you've been going all out, trying your absolute hardest for the last two months, you're probably in need of a breather. Energy and creativity need to be replenished. So take some time (two hours, or a day, or a week) and completely distance yourself from the project.
Shower, change clothes, grab lunch somewhere new with someone who's not working on the same thing as you. Take a weekend away and read things that have absolutely nothing to do with what you're working on. Watch a fun, mindless movie. Go dancing and drink something fruity. Get a massage. Go for a long walk.
4. Remember your other strengths.
In the event that you really try your hardest and things don't work out, remember that you are not defined by this one small thing. You are not just a project manager or a teacher or a girlfriend. List some of your wonderful qualities, achievements or identities that exist outside of this change. You may be a great friend, a caring sibling, a fabulous chef or the owner of some gorgeous legs.
Your job title, address or relationship status isn't going to change all the other wonderful things about you.
5. Realize that the world will not end.
During graduate school, I was complaining to my fantastic friend, lamenting the possibility of getting a C (shock and horror!) on a paper. She leveled her eyes at me and said, "And you know what will happen if you get a C? The world will keep doing this (insert rotating hand motion here)."
And my friend was right. I know that this move, this job search, this presentation seem like the end-all-be-all right now. But they're not. Really. They're not. I didn't get my driver's license till I was nearly 17. I went through a terrible break-up at age 33. I didn't get into the first graduate school I applied to. And you know what? I'm still here and still fine!
How do you deal with pressure and change?