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The How-To Lounge: Calming Your Nerves

I think it's fair to say everyone has suffered from jitters and nerves before a big meeting, speaking in public or in anticipation of a social engagement. According to O Magazine, an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorder, so here are some tips to help you calm those nerves.

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  • The most important tip is to give into your anxiety. Pushing it away or trying to ignore it will only make it worse, so face it straight on and accept your nervousness.
  • Don't let your anxiety make you absent-minded about what's around you. If you are nervous about a meeting, make sure you are listening to what is being said; don't let your mind wander, or else you are bound to get more anxious if you are called on and weren't paying attention to what was said.
  • Don't be too hard on yourself for getting a bad case of the jitters. No one is perfect and no one expects you to be, so make sure to give yourself a break.
  • Ask for what you need in order to make you feel less anxious.
  • Take a stand and express yourself. Don't be a push over, as it will just cause more anxiety later on down the road.
  • Face your fear by doing a similar activity on a lesser scale. If it's socializing with strangers that makes your heart pound and your palms sweat, practice with a smaller group with someone you trust by your side. Ease your way into feeling comfortable with your fear

If you have any other good tips, please share them with us, the more the merrier!

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