Greta Zanetti (English)

Each month we proudly present one of our Coaches and let ourselves be inspired by them. This week we give the floor to Greta Zanetti, a psychologist and psychotherapist from Pavia, Italy. Greta is specialised in issues related to anxiety and stress. 

This interview was originally taken in Italian, read the original here >

Could you tell us a bit more about your experience so far?

Since 10 years I’m working as Psychologist and Psychotherapist with great passion. I love my job and with time I have realised that often, very little is needed to solve a situation that looked unsolvable. 

I deal with many different people who are in different situations. After all, each of us is unique. Thus, I believe it is fundamental to develop a personal intervention that takes into consideration and respects individual necessities and sensibilities.   

“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”
— Virginia Satir

What is the most significant thing you have achieved in your life? And how did you achieve it?

It is difficult to choose one single thing. Yet, amongst the most meaningful things for me, I surely want to mention the ability to find a balance between my work and my private life. 

Notwithstanding the uncountable everyday challenges, it is always a big satisfaction to be able to go beyond any obstacle that is standing in the way. It very well know that many women have difficulty finding a work-life balance: often, they may feel guilty and frustrated to the point they feel they need to choose between either family or career. 

I have been able to reach a balance thanks to the people that support me and the awareness of my own limits. Right now, there is nothing I would like to change to my situation, even if sometimes things do not happen exactly as I would like to. But after all, Wonder Woman does not really exist! 

You are an expert on anxiety and stress. Could you tell us what helps to cope with it?

Stress and anxiety can be dealt with in two specific ways: the choice depends on problem’s intensity.

The easiest way is making small changes in your everyday activities and behaviour. For example, sometimes at work you may feel pressured by demands, like not being able to face everything at once. Actually, it often happens that anxiety causes us to start working on tasks immediately, without taking the time to reflect and organise our work (scheduling deadlines, type of solutions or goals). 

In other cases, when stress or anxiety levels get higher, and the previous solution did not give optimal results, you can follow a second path, which is: ask yourself what the real source of discomfort is. Does it really come from the workplace or from something in another sphere? Once this doubt is clarified, it is useful to define to what extent you are experiencing anxiety. The goal is to find a link between the time in which the situation started and specific events that happened at that time. 

Would you like to share one particular Tip & Trick for Coachademy's users?

I would like to end with a quote from the American motivational speaker, writer, consultant and best-selling author Denis Waitley: 

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”