Three Ways to Beat Stress By Breathing, Being & Believing

When we read this piece on Freelancer’s Union we did a collective nod of agreement. That is, if we were in a room with you and its expert, Dr. Neil Patel, Medical Director at Collective Primary Care, the practice serving the members of Freelancers Medical. He dished advice on how to stay chill when your under pressure.

1. Breathing. If you’re headed into a heated meeting at the day job or about to enter a high profile pitch meeting as a freelancer, one of the best ways to calm yourself is to simply breathe.

As mentioned in the piece, alternate nostril breathing actually helps coordinate both sides of the brain: Left sided creativity with right-sided logic. This yoga-inspired breathing is done by closing your right nostril with your right thumb and inhaling through the left nostril as you count to four.

Next, close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger and remove your thumb from the right nostril.  Exhale through the right side to the count of eight seconds. This completes half the task because next you should inhale through the right nostril as you count to four. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through the left nostril to the count of eight seconds. Continue for a few rounds.

2. Being. As in remain present to the moment. If you’re feeling stressed out, guess what? Truly feel it. Instead of numbing it with chocolate, coffee, insert your vice here, apparently researchers say that emotions such as anxiety last only 90 seconds from when they’re triggered until they filter out. That’s pretty succinct, right?

If they happen to feel like they’re lasting longer than that, it’s pretty much because we’ve perpetuated them. The best thing to do is truly embrace the discomfort. The faster you embrace, the faster it can leave.

3. Believing! This involves trusting that you’re right where you need to be right this very moment. You’ve done all the hard work to prepare you for this moment and there are times when things are also out of your hands.