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Exercise to relieve nervousness and anxiety


For many of us, interviews can be a stressful time. It’s challenging not to feel nervous or experience feelings of anxiety when you’re applying for your dream job. At times, this may stem from self-doubt and feeling inadequate or even a fraud. Sometimes, it can be a result of feeling like you’ll be judged by what you say and your identity. Other times, anxiousness and nervousness can appear during the interview because you aren’t comfortable or confident speaking publicly or to people. How you feel and what you think will inform your behaviour, particularly your body language and ability to articulate who you are and your experiences to the employer. One way to relieve your nerves on the day of the interview is by practicing deep breathing exercises. This will help you relax and calm down, as it will help relieve tension in your body and relieve stress. Try this exercise if you’re waiting in the reception area for the employer to bring you in for a chat: 1) Sit in a comfortable position. 2) Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest. 3) Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out while counting to 7. 4) Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling while counting to 7. Feel the hand on your belly go in, and use it to push all the air out.
5. Do this breathing 3 to 10 times. Take your time with each breath. 6) Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise. Practice this before the day of the interview so you feel more comfortable trying this activity.

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