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We all have felt anxiety before. No matter how confident and relaxed you are, you know what it’s like to be nervous before an interview, trembling
before a speech, or cold and clammy over the pending results of your graded quiz.


The point of this article is to provide you with eight different ways to release this tension. There are more powerful ways in which you can relax (as we
will provide in our products) however this article provides eight ways you can use anywhere. Hardly anyone will actually notice that you are using
them. You will not have to sit in a meditation position on the floor, or chant mantras to relax yourself… so no worries.


Also, notice the title of this article is not “…Calm Yourself Down”. We don’t calm down. We calm up.


Calming yourself involves not detaching yourself from your environment, but integrating yourself with it while you mentally move inward to obtain
steadiness. You should not feel tired or detached. You should simply become “in the zone”: Alert, focused and relaxed.


Chair Press-Up


This one’s great for if you are waiting to give a speech or if you are nervous in a group setting. Simply put your feet flat on the floor. Put your hands
on the arms of your chair. If your chair doesn’t have arms, place them on the edges of the seat. Brace yourself. Now, take a deep breath, and push
up with your arms and feet as you exhale. Lock your arms – let your torso hang from your locked arms for a moment while you finish exhaling… long
and deep. Go limp, but remain locked in the up position. Now sit back down. You feel like a noodle, and everything is cool.


Breathing


Breathing is absolutely crucial to calming yourself. I recommend you do some in-depth research on Eastern styles of breathing, and how to breathe
powerfully with your diaphragm. Breathe in strongly and slowly through your nose as you expand your diaphragm. Your stomach should rise, not your
chest. Now, blow it out strongly and steadily through your mouth. Repeat this a few times. You can feel the tension leaving your body.


Spread Legs


This one may not seem like much, but it has serious subconscious value. When most people are relaxed (particularly us guys) we have a tendency to
spread our legs slightly and take up more space. By consciously spreading your legs while sitting (or standing) you will take up more space, which is
what we generally do when we are comfortable in a setting. Perform the action, and the feeling of comfort will follow.


Slouch Slightly


Yes, slouching is bad for your posture. Slouching for years will curve your spine. Slouching for a few minutes will not. This is another habit most
people demonstrate when they are relaxed and comfortable: They slouch. So, next time you feel antsy about a situation, allow yourself to lean back
your head and slouch slightly in your chair. Once again, the feeling will follow the action.


Power Hands


Powerful people are often calm, relaxed and comfortable in their actions. When they sit around a table, they often do one of two things with their
hands: Steepling, or the hands-behind-the-head. To steeple, put your elbows on the table, and steeple your hands in front of your face – like the bad
guy does in the movie when he’s going “M’yesss…. Muwahaha…. I can see it all coming together so perfectly…” Think of yourself as the bad guy
when you steeple your hands. You know you are going to win. You steeple your hands as you turn over your master plan inside your head.
Everything is falling into place so perfectly. Muwhaha. For more of a “corporate” power / relaxation effect, lean back in your chair and put your hands
behind your head, lacing your fingers together. This is how bosses sit when they are talking to people who work for them. It has profound effects in
making you feel more powerful and relaxed.


Anchoring


This is an incredible psychological tool we will cover in more depth in our products. Your subconscious mind anchors certain actions / stimuli with
certain feelings and responses. Psychological anchors and triggers are used everywhere. It is the reason behind many strong emotional connections.
If you had a song played at your wedding, hearing the song played at a later date may make you cry. The emotional event was your wedding, and
you heard a song during it (the anchor). Thus, the song became tied to the feelings you felt during your wedding. Upon hearing the song again (the
trigger) you feel the same feelings again.


Another example is if you became very ill once from a certain drink, you may become sick simply from smelling the drink in the future. The emotional
event was becoming very ill, and the anchor was the drink. Therefore, smelling the drink in the future could make you sick very quickly. Anchors are
used everywhere, in positive and negative emotions. To use them to calm yourself, develop a specific anchor every time you are calm. My anchor is
to place my hand palm-down on my thigh. Every time I am relaxed, I do this, to reinforce the anchor. Then when I need to be calm, I simply fire the
trigger (palm on the thigh) and my mind recreates the emotion tied to that anchor – which is relaxation. Pick an anchor you don’t use that much, such
as touching your ear, or putting your hand on your knee. Do it whenever you are relaxed, and when you need to become relaxed, doing it will help to
put you in that mental state.


Kill Internal Dialogue


There are many ways to do this, but here’s one good technique: If you are talking yourself into a worrisome state, or worrying while talking to
someone during a conversation, do this immediately. Defocus your eyes, and open your peripheral vision. Look at two areas ahead of you, to each
side. Picture your conscious thoughts in those areas. Now, draw your gaze up from both points at 45 degree angles until they meet in the high-center
of your vision. Next bring the gaze straight down, so it is directly in front of you (a person’s face if you are talking to them). Now, picture your gaze
coming straight back to your own head, as you return your consciousness to your own mind. Not only does it help increase focus, but the simple effort
required to perform the exercise will often stop any distracting internal dialogue you are having at the time.


Centering


If you feel a general anxiety of your whole body, such as being self-conscious of your hands, feet, or body position, this exercise can work wonders.
Close your eyes. Take a few deep, long breaths: in through your nose and out through your mouth. Place your tongue on your front pallet, directly
above the backside of your upper teeth- this is effective in stimulating cross-lobe integration (and relaxation) in the brain. Picture a point far in front of
you. Project your thoughts there in your mind. Continue breathing, and keep your thoughts there, until you are fully relaxed and have forgotten about
clammy hands, sweaty feet, or mismatched socks. Once you are relaxed, slowly bring the point in front of you closer as you return to a fully aware
state.


To learn more ways to master you mind and body, visit us at http://www.selfevolution.net




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About the Author
Lee Ridenour President Ridenour-Blade Self-Evolution http://www.selfevolution.net Self-Evolution focuses on the "hard" sciences of psychology and
neurology. Self-Evolution also provides fitness information and daily / life strategies. Self-Evolution is the use of your past, present, and most
importantly your own MIND to achieve self-actualization: to live a fulfilling life.

				
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