In today’s fast paced business before pleasure environment with people moving in all different directions while texting and or drinking loads of Starbucks coffee the ability to think clearly and make good sound decisions is diminished by a simple and very familiar culprit… breathing. Yes the way you breath can make all the difference in the world when under stress and trying to problem solve at a fast pace and effectively do so. Our bodies need oxygen and getting the right rate of breathing is very important and even different healing systems from other cultures have long known the healing benefits of proper breathing through yoga and Tai Chi to name some. They realized that breathing properly could help them in managing stress and stress related conditions by soothing the nervous system. Proper breathing can help many with who suffer from insomnia, high blood pressure, asthma, anxiety, chronic pain, panic attacks, and even acne. One simple technique which I practice mostly is to inhale deeply as soon as you are confronted with a stressful situation. As a PADI certified scuba diver we were taught that whenever we got in a stressful situation the first things we needed to do was to STOP-BREATH-ACT, and I wisely have applied this to my landlubber days till now. This has allowed me to make good and calculative decisions which made not only me but my boss proud as well.
That quick hit of air and most importantly oxygen will soothe whatever stress the situation created and allow you to think more clearly always remembering to inhale deeply every so often to continue the good supply of oxygen to your brain. Your diet will also have a lot to do with what your body does when it gets in a stressful situation so staying away from coffee, foods high in salt and sugar and quitting cigarettes will make that next bout of stress at work more manageable and allow you to make better decision which should help you in getting that next promotion or perk.