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#lifeadvice : how to stay cool UNDER PRESSURE

Nikki Yazxhi

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WHETHER YOU’RE GOING FOR AN INTERVIEW, ASKING FOR YOUR BOSS FOR MORE MONEY, OR GIVING A TOAST…

 it’s totally normal to feel nervous.


While there is no exact cure, there are ways to help compose yourself quickly.
Here’s how to stay cool under pressure…

• Get ready. Most of us are more nervous when we’re unprepared. If you’re giving a speech or addressing a group of people, practice it the night before and carry note cards, or allow extra time to get ready for a meeting so you won’t show up late and flustered. And get plenty of rest, which helps control stress in general.

• Soothe yourself. For some, rubbing lavender oil on the pulse points or drinking chamomile tea has a calming effect. But avoid stimulants, like caffeine and cigarettes, which can speed up your heart rate. Take it easy with alcohol, too. You never know exactly how you’ll respond, so why risk it?

• Let it go. When we’re tense, we often clench our muscles unconsciously. This restricts blood flow and makes it difficult to relax. To prevent that from happening, contract the muscles in your feet, count to five, and release. Continue to contract the muscles in your body, finishing with your shoulders and neck.

• Breathe it in. It sounds simple, but if you take a deep breath, drawing air through your nose from your belly—not your chest—you’ll get symptoms like shaking under control. It also helps to visualise something peaceful at the same time {the beach, a hammock} to stop your mind from racing.

• Stretch and bend. Regular yoga or meditation may be a more effective, long-term way to control your nerves.

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