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Do you have performance anxiety? Here are some ways to help conquer it.

Performance anxiety, also known as stage fright, is a common issue among athletes, performers, fitness enthusiats and sports business professionals. It is the fear of not performing well in a given situation, whether it be in a competition, on stage, or even in a gym. This anxiety can manifest itself in many ways, including sweating, shaking, and lowered cognition.

There are several commonly used ways to improve performance anxiety. One of the most effective methods is practicing visualization. Visualization is the process of mentally rehearsing an event before it happens. This can help to reduce anxiety giving a sense of control by familiarizing oneself with the situation.

Another effective method is to engage in deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing can help to down regulate the nervous system, calming the body and mind, The result of which may lead to better focus and a reduction in anxiety. There are many breathwork methods that may achieve this effect but one simple method can be done by inhaling deeply through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. If you like to improve your Beeathwork and meditation practices click the link for a free 30 day trial

Another way to improve performance anxiety is to set realistic expectations. Often, we feel pressure to meet unrealistic expectations resulting in performance anxiety. By setting realistic goals and expectations, the pressure to perform well may be reduced.

It is also important to be present. This can be done by focusing on the on the current moment and not getting caught up in past failures or future worries. This can help to reduce anxiety and improve focus.

Lastly, self-talk can play a big role in reducing performance anxiety. Negative self-talk may fuel anxiety and fear. Alternatively, try to focus on positive self-talk such as "I can do this" or "I am prepared for this".

Remember, it's not uncommon to feel anxious, but it's important to learn how to manage it in a healthy way. I've personally dealt with it and have used these methods to help combat it. However, if you require more help please seek out a professional. You will be thankful you did.

Yours in health,

Coach Ry

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