questionshow do you deal with nervousness?


Breathe, think overly logically. Nervousness = irrational thinking = self-sabotage.

Say positive things about yourself to yourself. Tell yourself how awesome you are and how well you know your stuff. If possible, start with an easy task and then you'll succeed, feel good and you can ride that wave.

Any time I get particularly nervous, I do a mini-meditation exercise. I breathe slowly and deeply, in through the nose, out through the mouth and I force myself to keep my mind completely clear. Only words I allow are "in" and "out" for the respective breathing.


I usually try my best to ignore the feeling and concentrate on other things that will take my mind off it, and then next thing I know, time has passed and the feeling is gone. Good luck, I'm sure you'll do fine, they wouldn't have hired you if they didn't feel the same!


Combat / Tactical Breathing

Breathe in through your nose for a count of four; hold your breath for a count of four; exhale through your mouth for a count of four; hold your breath for a count of four, and then restart the cycle.


Might be too late now, but a good brisk walk will help - or heavier exercise if you really have the time. Exercise reduces anxiety more than almost anything else. Slow breathing (or held breath) helps if you think you might be hyperventilating at times (getting too much oxygen).


I'm with the take a deep breath/get right through it group. Also, they hired you for a reason. That's a good sign. No one wants to go through all that paperwork for nothing, so they've got confidence in you already! :) We'll all think good thoughts for you!


Chew gum. It gets rid of nervous energy.


Sometimes I just throw up and get all the butterflies out of my system, that usually does it and makes me feel a lot better. If that's a little too much @thedogma had some pretty good advice too. @bsmith1 work's too though. Just don't have too much, just a shot or something to calm your nerves. Liquid confidence.


I would avoid caffeine strictly for a week (but avoid withdrawal, because that makes it much worse).

Sometimes I get so nervous that I feel like I am going to vomit, but I just tell myself... everyone here is human and goes through the same thing, then I just laugh everything away.

Everything will be OK!


I try to have a few go-to songs that I can listen to that will either calm me down or pump up my self-esteem. I'm a showtune nerd, so I like "I'm the Bravest Individual" from Sweet Charity but I'm sure you have your own songs that bring you comfort/confidence.

Good luck.


@inkycatz: Oddly enough I got super busy yesterday and was unable to do it. It's been rescheduled for today. I think maybe in the next hour. I'll do my best to get back to you. Not nearly as nervous today though.

Edit: I didn't get this sent before I went to the test. I'm done. I feel good about the first part and am still nervous about the second part.