The first tip is to slow your breathing. Whatever is happening, just keep in your mind that you can do everything and calm yourself when you slow your breathing. Count from 1 to 10 as you inhale, then count from 1 to 10 as you exhale. These deep breaths bring more oxygen into your lungs and thence into your bloodstream, which is the exact opposite effect of the fight or flight reaction. You’re telling your body and brain that it’s no longer necessary to increase the intensity of your fight-or-flight reaction.
According to Harvard Health Publishing proper deep breathing isn’t normal in society since an expanded belly doesn’t provide that flattering slim look we all strive for. As a result, most of us walk around with shallow breathing only into our chest, sucking in so that we look lean. Practice this by finding a quiet space to sit or lie down where no one will bother you, this could be a break-out conference room, your car or if you have only a few minutes to spare, the bathroom. Close your eyes and breathe in through your nose.
Secondly, and still very important, surround yourself with the right people. The people who give you energy and add to your life are sacred, but yes, sometimes we don’t get to choose who we work with. Know that energy isn’t really a neutral thing. That means someone is either adding energy to your world, or you’re “putting up with” them, which is an energy leak in its own right. Instead of avoiding negative people, look to bring in or be surrounded by more positive people. Chances are, that draining person won’t be able to fight through all the uplifting words to sprinkle in their anxious energy. In the long run, this may help them as well.
One of our main enemies when struggling to keep it together under pressure is perhaps the most obvious: distraction. Alway choose wisly where you place your attention. Another reason we panic is we’re constantly monitoring our progress during a task—in other words, we over-analyze. Try to become familiar with feeling pressure, and learn to work through it, try shifting your attention away from your worries and towards the task at hand.
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