By Sheelagh McNamara on Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Category: Miscellaneous

Don't hold your breath - it's bad for business!

When we are stressed our natural response is to hold the breath. Our tendency is to lift the chest and reduce the length of our exhalation. This raises our heart rate and can make us appear lacking in confidence, unapproachable and sometimes aggressive. We either play small and take up less space - or we do the opposite, puffing the chest and chin out. Neither is optimal!

Have you ever noticed that you hold your breath in any of these situations.

If you’ve answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above then your aim should be to bring your awareness to these situations and start to change the ‘doing’ so you can put yourself in a more resourceful state.

So how can you change your response?

On a practical note:

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