#lifeadvice : how to stay cool UNDER PRESSURE

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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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  • Sofia Battaglia

    Prep is so important! In high school, I had a speech class where we had to stand in front of the class and give speeches. It was *horrible*. I was so shy! I eventually got rid of my nerves by practicing everything out loud. I felt so silly while doing it, but the pay off was HUGE. Now, any time I go into a stressful situation, I practice and run through the possible scenarios. It seems a bit extreme, but it totally works for taming the nerves!

    xo, Sofia
    http://www.thecozie.co