As an entrepreneur as well as in the corporate world, we face challenges and hectic situations on a daily basis. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about, having founded a startup myself. So some of us will experience more stress than others, some of us will build up tension in their bodies (watch out for your back and shoulders!) while others will desperately look for their missing energy and motivation in a 15th cup of coffee.
What do you do in all these moments when you need a quick fix, right now on the spot, in the situation you are currently facing, without having to wait until the end of the day to feel better? I’ve got good news for you! There are plenty of methods you can use anywhere and anytime, whatever you wear and whatever you are going through. And the best part about this, is that you already have these resources within yourself. So here we go with two of my favourite tips for you:
Before an important pitch: Stand up and balance
Let’s say you feel anxious before pitching your idea to an investor or before a big presentation. Stand up, place one foot in front of the other and try to keep the balance as you close your eyes. Stay there for a few deep breaths, keeping the focus on your balance and your breathing. Then place the other foot in front and repeat. This will make your nervous system calm down and help you centre before you give your best pitch ever!
To think clearly: Breathe your nose out (Spooky? Not really)
It’s a fact, we think too much. Our mind likes to fill itself up with useless mind-chatter which prevents us from seeing the solutions that are right in front of us. Sit tall and put your right hand on your belly. Exhale forcefully through your nose in quick shots and pull your belly in just as forcefully as you do so. Really use your belly here to get all the air out in one go. All your attention is on the exhale, the inhale will happen on its own in between. Repeat 30 times, mark a pause to breathe normally and if you don’t feel to dizzy yet, make another round of 30. It looks like a dog breathing on a hot summer day, expect that you focus on the exhale only and you are not sticking your tongue out… Beware: do not try this after lunch (believe me), before going to bed of if you have high blood pressure.
You see, rather simple techniques that are accessible to you, whenever you need them. At any rate, give them a try and don’t hesitate to share how it felt for you!