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How to keep calm under pressure: 3 quick tips from BBC Ideas

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This BBC Ideas video was created with exam stress, deadlines, job interviews, and presentations in mind, but it might also help with larger anxieties and fears. “Here’s how to literally keep calm and carry on – with a little help from neuroscience and these three easy techniques from Dr. Radha Modgil.”

Breathe. Hum. Focus.

Slow your breathing way down. Hum, sing, or chant to help regulate your heartrate. And don’t try to multitask because those quick-switches of attention can intensify the feeling of being overwhelmed.

breathe, hum, focus.
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