How to keep your cool under pressure

How to keep your cool under pressure

  • 1
    Calm nerves.

    Before the big event, do something calming to bring out your most zen self. A quiet walk, 10 minutes of meditation or simply a warm bubble bath can calm your nerves and make sure you feel ready for anything

  • 2
    Work the room.

    Giving a major work presentation? We’ve all heard the old advice to ‘imagine the audience in their underwear’ – but if you really want to feel relaxed, just imagine that they all admire you and are silently cheering you on (it’s probably true!)

  • 3
    Protect underarms.

    When you’re nervous, your caveman brain assumes you’re in a fight-or-flight situation. Perhaps it’s just a coffee with your ex, but your body is envisaging the worst and this triggers increased underarm sweating. Don’t let that distract you. 

  • 4
    Dress to impress.

    Choose something that you’ve worn before and know is comfortable. New shoes might seem like a confidence booster, but if you develop an agonising blister, you won’t be at your relaxed best

  • 5
    Allow for plenty of time.

    Whether you’re going to an interview or the first lunch with your partner’s mum, build in extra time to get there… and then a bit more time, just in case. Arrive early and you can walk around the block – arrive late and it’s just awkward

  • 6
    What nerves?

    Consider whether others are nervous, too. If it’s a blind date, the other person is probably just as terrified – so take a deep breath, start chatting and concentrate on making them feel comfortable. Nerves? What nerves? You’re cool as a cucumber