Have you felt physical symptoms of fear before a competition? These physical reactions occur because your body is reacting to being put under an immense amount of pressure and stress.
It is important to understand these symptoms and be prepared for them, as we will perform better if we are prepared. Here are some steps you can take to perform well under pressure.
We typically picture the worst-case scenario when we think of a big competition or event that is coming up. Instead of imagining negative outcomes, try to imagine a time when you succeeded in competition and use that to reinspire you and feel confident before a match.
Pay attention to your body and when your physical stress symptoms start, so you can utilize relaxation techniques to calm your nerves. Meditation, yoga, and breathing techniques are great places to start. Once you find the proper technique, you can incorporate this into your routine to better prepare yourself for physical symptoms of stress and pressure.
Start setting a routine before a big performance to lower your anxiety. Allowing the stress to take over your body increases your bodily reactions to pressure and decreases your performance levels. Setting a positive pre-performance routine will help you feel more prepared and calm.
Understanding how to respond to your body under pressure is essential to performing well. Finding the proper technique for your symptoms may take time, but it will allow you to perform at a consistently high level, no matter the situation.
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