You’re waiting to speak, and there are five people in front of you. Now four, Then three. Your stomach is in knots, you’re sweating profusely, your heart is racing and you haven’t heard a word anyone has said for the last ten minutes. What can you do in this situation to calm down?
Well, the one physical thing you can do is try to remember to breathe.
1. Take a deep breath through your nose relaxing and expanding your stomach.
2. Count to three.
3. Hold for three.
4. Release for three.
That oxygen will bring down your heart rate, and send messages to your muscles to relax.
This is a great technique any time you’re feeling stress and need to remain calm.