Do you get nervous ahead of a big event or when your job requires you to do something that is way out of your comfort zone? If so, here’s some great advice for dealing with situations like this which will ensure you are can become much more comfortable and have the best chance of success.

1. Acknowledge your nerves

Remember that nerves are normal. It’s your body’s inbuilt fight or flight system at work and it’s designed to help you by releasing adrenaline and cortisol. Therefore, try not to completely get rid of feeling nervous or be disappointed that you feel nervous.

2. Get moving

Whether it’s going for a walk or doing some stretches, try moving your body to help you relax. Going for a walk before a big meeting, for example, can help you relax in just a few minutes.

3. Concentrate on breathing

Try breathing in through your nose for 3 second counts and then out though your mouth for another 3 seconds. Place your hand on your stomach – you should be able to feel it rise and fall with your breath – this is a proven way to calm yourself before anything stressful!

4. Fall back on your preparation

Remind yourself of the effort you have putting getting ready for the event or meeting, ensuring you have researched and prepared effectively for it and have rehearsed or have everything you eed with you in terms of reference materials.

5. Focus on the outcome

Think about how great you’ll feel once your time outside your comfort zone is over. It is sometimes a good idea to have something lined up for after a nerve-wracking situation – this gives you something to look forward to!

Good luck – the more you go outside your comfort zone, the less of an issue it becomes!