Millions of people around the globe suffer from performance anxiety, commonly known as stage fright. Therefore, if you are scared of performing in front of an audience, then you can assure yourself that you are not alone, and there are many others like you.
Even though performance anxiety might not always be in our control, it does stop us from doing some of the things that we enjoy. For instance, it can stop us from playing tennis in a crowd, or doing something as simple as passing a bill in the playground.
While we understand that it is not possible to completely overcome anxiety issues in both sports and regular life without professional help, you can combat it to some extent with a few simple techniques.
Her second point is extremely relevant for people who suffer from anxiety in general as well. We as humans tend to compare ourselves to others who are doing better than us and overcomplicate things. However, we don’t realize that it took them a great amount of effort and time to reach where they are today.
When athletes or people who like to play sports compare themselves to others, they are being unfair to themselves. Taking inspiration from something is a good idea, but to compare yourself to them will only end up in you losing confidence in your game.
These points are the only two things that she advises to tackle performance anxiety in sports. Both of these are excellent tips, but sometimes we need baby steps to prepare ourselves for a big one. So here are the top few tips that we help you achieve the two big ones.
- Many times players only train themselves physically before a big game, which is important. But they don’t realize that mental training is also as crucial for a good game as the physical one is. You need to walk in the game with a calm mind and a positive attitude for success.
- Tell yourself that feeling anxious is okay. It is not a taboo and you are not alone. Accepting a condition is the first step towards the solution. If you allow yourself to feel anxious, you will eventually learn to control it.
- Breath. I know that this might be the oldest trick in the book, but it works very well. Game days are usually very stress-inducing. Coaches, extra practices, and the huge crowd are not always helping you, and this very moment you realize that your life is not a movie. This is the exact point where you need to have a moment to yourself and inhale. Deep breaths help your body to relax and, in turn, your brain releases a positive stimulation that helps you gain control.
- Prepare yourself. Before walking into the field or even going to the playground, dress up for the part that you are playing. Take a shower, put on a fresh pair of sweats, and tell yourself that you are alright.
If you even find yourself in such situations, never think that this only happens to you and that everybody around you is perfect. This is quite literally never the case. Even professional athletes whose main job is to play get performance anxiety!
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