Dear NERVY IN NORTH CAROLINA, People consistently rank public speaking and other forms of public presentations, like weddings, higher than deathwhen polled about their worst fears. In fact, your mental and physical reactions are among the most universal of stress responses. While statistics on brides downing anti-anxiety medicine on their way to the altar are not readily available, we do know that Valium (a tranquilizer) was at one time the most prescribed drug in the country. Therefore, you can bet your bouquet that some brides and brides-to-be are probably chemically calming down, too. Since you have about eighteen months until you tie the knot, why not bone-up on some stress- and anxiety-reduction exercises before finding a doctor to write you a prescription? Below is a deep-breathing exercise that works wonders to calm the nerves of students, professionals, performers, and of course, the wedding-bound, when faced with sudden and stressful situations. This technique...Click here to view the full reply on Go Ask Alice!.
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