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The Process for the Relaxation Technique for Interviews
Find a quiet place where you can sit down comfortably. It is important to be fairly straight and upright. You might even be more comfortable in a chair. In this case sit with both feet on the ground, back straight, head up.
When you are comfortable, close your eyes and then consciously relax all your muscles, starting at the top of your head and moving down through your body to the tips of your toes. It may help to tell yourself that you are becoming more and more relaxed, that you are going deeper … and deeper … and deeper. It can be helpful to imagine yourself going down, in a lift, on an escalator, in warm water, to the bottom of the sea in a completely safe way.
Breathe through your nose, and listen to your own breathing. As you become more relaxed you will notice your breathing become slower, shallower, and more restful. Notice that at the bottom of each breath (after breathing out) there is a pause before you begin to breathe again.
When you have noticed these pauses, start to count backwards from ten to one. Count thus: breathe out: TEN: breathe in: breathe out: NINE: breathe in: breathe out: EIGHT; etc. Count in this way from ten down to one, then back up from one to ten, down from ten to one, and so on.
Stray thoughts may come into your head while you are breathing/counting. Don’t worry about this; just let the thought come, don’t dwell on it, let it go. Then go back to TEN and start counting again. Don’t worry if you never reach ONE, especially early on.
Continue breathing/counting in this way for 15 to 20 minutes (10 may be easier at first) at least once a day; twice is better. When finished, remain sitting quietly for a few minutes, and then stand up slowly.
In reality, for this relaxation technique for interviews, you could do this once you have arrived and whilst you are still in the car. Do not attempt this before driving.
This is a great relaxation technique for interviews. Alternatively, you may want to use a visualisation approach. This is used by top sports people. You will find this here.
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