Athletes focus on several physical variables when they perform to ensure they are performing at their best. Those variables include getting enough rest, maintaining a nutritious diet, and regular training. However, performance is not just about being in prime physical shape. Your mental health plays an important role too.
We’ve all experienced performance anxiety as a big competition or event looms closer. Performance anxiety can feel exciting or nervous, which can interfere with your decision-making and overall performance. Use the tips below to ensure you’re in your prime mental state before your next competitive event.
Nothing builds your confidence and skills like consistent training. Practice is essential to overcoming performance anxiety because it will develop your skills and also build your confidence in those skills. A good coach will ensure you’re building your confidence in your skills by encouraging you to take risks and tackle challenges prior to a game or competition.
Create a Routine
Routines help us feel comfortable because it helps reduce stress levels. Create a healthy routine of what you want to do before competition, and then keep it consistent before every competition. This routine makes it feel like just another day, because as you continue to do your routine it creates a sense of normalcy.
Instead of viewing anxiety as a negative, reframe your perspective to recognize that you are only anxious because of all the hard work and passion you have put into your preparation. The same reasons that you are anxious (your hard work and passion) are the same things that should make you feel the most prepared. Recognize that your hard work and passion has prepared you for the competition, and this reframed perspective will help you lower your stress levels during the competition itself.
Performance anxiety is normal, but the tips above can help you manage it and perform at your best consistently.
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