A Breathing Technique for Your Interview
Contributor: Oliver James
Whether you are about to give a speech, take a final exam, or be interviewed for your first job out of college, this may help you relax and focus while preparing.
“Methodology: (It is helpful to have an audible ticking clock).
- Find somewhere comfortable, undisturbed and (relatively) quiet (headphones are perfect!).
- Set a ticking clock next to you and shut your eyes listening and following the count.
- Become aware of your breath as the clock ticks
To begin the exercise.
- Aim for 3 seconds in, pause for 2 (or more) seconds followed by breathing out for 3 seconds.
- Aim for 4 seconds in, pause for 2 (or more) seconds followed by breathing out for 4 seconds.
- Aim for 5 seconds in, pause for 2 (or more) seconds followed by breathing out for 5 seconds.
- Continue in this way until you feel you have reached your maximum number of seconds in and out.
- Begin to go in the opposite direction counting down through the numbers. Equal inhalation to exhalation
- On the descending count explore at what point you feel most comfortable. Stay at this level for a final 3–5 minutes.
NB: Your maximum and optimum times may change from day to day. There is no maximum time length. There are people purporting to breathe in and out for minutes at a time. Important: Continue expanding until you feel stretched but avoid discomfort. If you do not have access to a ticking clock feel free to count the ‘seconds’ in your mind. The process of counting in itself supports a similar mindful effect.”
How Does this Work?: James informs us; “Breath works by moving us from an activated sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic. It helps to calm the heart rate and improve our focus by conserving energy and sending it to where where we need it most!”
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Bio: Greg is a U.S. Political Consultant (for the 2014 U.S. Elections) and Geopolitical Consultant with experience working for NATO Military Bases in Europe and NATO PfP Military Bases in The Republic of Georgia. He specializes in strategic communications and analysis, and has also worked on humanitarian issues and lead Scenario Teams (for NATO).
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