You’re in a meeting and it’s super stressful. The kind of situation where you can cut the tension with a knife. Your mind is swirling, your heart is racing. But you need to make important decisions in the midst of the mayhem. What to do? Check this out.
Inc.com recently published an article about a collaborative study by researchers from Belgium, France and Seychelles that probed into the 5-2-7 breathing technique for situations just like this. It’s proven to reduce psychological stress in tense moments, helping clear your mind to make a more educated decision. Sound too good to be true? Give it a try. Here’s what you need to do:
- Inhale, count to five
- Hold your breath after inhaling, count to two
- Exhale, count to seven
- Repeat for two minutes
While you won’t come out of the two minutes completely Zen, this breathing exercise will improve your decision-making performance and prevent stress under some serious psychological pressure.
The study sites that Chess Grandmasters and the Navy SEALs use breathing techniques to calm their minds before making impactful decisions. And if the Navy SEALs can make it work in the tumultuous situations they find themselves in, chances are it’s going to work for you too.
So, the next time you’re on the way to a meeting you think has the potential to make you panicky, give yourself two minutes before to just breathe.