it’s a blind date, a karaoke performance, or a presentation in front of the
bigwigs, you want to stay cool, calm, and collected.
are 6 easy ways to instantly relax in any high-pressure situation.
1. GET PUMPED UP
Saying “I’m excited” right before anxiety-inducing activity may
help you perform better, according to a 2013 study from the American
By verbalizing your
enthusiasm, your mindset shifts from negative to positive, explain the researchers.
2. SIP SOME LIQUID COURAGE
Drink 8 ounces of water an hour before you fire up your
PowerPoint slides or meet your date at the restaurant.
Mild dehydration can affect your mood, energy, and ability to
think clearly, which may make you even more nervous, according to a University
of Connecticut study.
3. PUT ON YOUR HEADPHONES
Listening to relaxing music right before a
stressful activity can tamper down your autonomic nervous system faster than if
you tried to calm down in silence, according to a PLOs One study.
4. STRIKE A POWER POSE
The right body language doesn’t just project confidence—it also
tells your anxious brain to take a break.
Power poses lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol
after just two minutes, say researchers from Columbia and Harvard.
Lean back in your chair, kick your feet up
onto your desk, and interlace your fingers behind your head with your elbows
5. CLENCH YOUR FIST
Athletes who repeatedly squeeze their left fists before
competition are less likely to underperform or “choke” during games, finds a
study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.
6. COLLECT COMPLIMENTS
You’ll have more success in a job interview if you read positive
notes from friends and family beforehand, according to a Harvard study.
That’s because you feel more confident when you feel as if a
crowd is rooting for you, say the researchers.