10 Proven Ways to Help Stay Calm Under Pressure

2. Breath counting can help you keep calm

“1-2-3-4-5…9-10”. Take deep breaths and focus on counting. If you reach 10 and you still feel tense, keep going! If you take a breath to calm down before reacting, you’ll keep yourself from doing or saying something you might regret.

What to do: Learn how to breathe deeply and use it to calm yourself down.[1] Try practicing some deep breathing techniques before you go to bed at night. Give yourself 10 minutes of distracted “breathing time”. This way, when you’re in a situation where you need to breathe and calm down, your body will already know how to do it.

Breath counting can help you keep calm

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