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Hyperventilating & Crap Advice

snorkellingI love snorkelling. It’s unbelievably amazing, especially on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. So imagine my shock when I got in and started hyperventilating. It took me a few moments to figure out what was going on. Yes I could feel my heart racing and I was breathing really fast.

So then I thought about it and could vaguely remember having this previously when snorkelling so I just decided to talk myself out of it.  It didn’t work.

So I got out. I couldn’t believe it. There I was on the Great Barrier Reef and I was not seeing any of the sea life. So I got out and sought advice from a lifeguard which I thought was rubbish. I thought he’d have a neat breathing trick, a rhyme or counting technique that would even out my breathing. No, you’ll have to get used to it and wear a life vest. I thought that was pretty useless advice.

I was on my own.

Then, I got back in, took my time and made sure I got to see so many amazing fish and underwater life, wearing a life jacket. I was not cured instantly but I managed enough. Before my next trip I need to plan how to make it better.

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About the author:

Fiona is an Occupational and Business Psychology researcher completing her MSc in Kingston University, London and is interested in Business, Psychology, Leadership, Speaking & Politics. Specialist Interest: Unconscious Bias and Leadership

Fiona Kearns is a public speaking Specialist and an ICT business executive and experienced in delivering on KPI’s. As a coach, Fiona is skilled in questioning; challenging, delivering feedback and helping individuals speak up confidently. Within the ICT field, she specialises in developing and translating ideas into completed projects making informed decisions based on strategic vision and commercial analysis.



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