Boost Your Confidence By Tricking Your Brain Into Calming Down

Boost Your Confidence By Tricking Your Brain Into Calming Down
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We all have moments where we’re not quite as confident as we’d like to be. You know, those moments right before a big presentation or while you’re waiting outside your boss’s office waiting to ask her for a raise.

Confidence is one of those things that can be hard to manufacture. Your lack of confidence; however, might be attributed, at least in part, to nerves.

In an article this week Fast Company pulled a tip from Barbara Markway’s book The Self Confidence Workbook: A Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Improving Self-Esteem: try some breathing exercises.

Breathing exercises can be an easy way to calm your nerves before a stressful event and can help boost your confidence when your nerves are getting the best of you.

To start, focus on your breathing. I personally recommend Googling “Breathing exercise” on your phone. That will bring up Google’s built-in 1-minute breathing exercise, which is short enough you probably have time to do it, but long enough to have an impact.

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With it, you’ll be prompted to match your breathing to a circle opening and closing on the screen. It’s simple, and can help take your anxiety down a notch in a flash.

The app Breathe for iPhone also offers some similar breathing exercises that can help you reduce your stress level and increase your confidence.

It’s totally normal to be nervous before a big event. Just focusing on your breathing for a few minutes can be all your body needs to refocus and for you to get the boost of confidence you need to succeed.

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