Getting Rid of Performance Anxiety
Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety is a normal part of daily life. It can be a helpful emotion in coping with stressful situations. At times, anxiety can spiral out of control and impair our ability to function generally in stressful situations, even if the stress is entirely fabricated in our minds.
There will always be reasons to be concerned. Anxiety affects people of all ages. Children feel it in school before a test, and even infants feel it when separated from their mothers. Adults have many reasons to be anxious, whether it is due to a job, finances, romance, or being self-conscious.
Anxiety can arise when people are forced to do something they are afraid of; when it comes to public speaking, one of the most common sources of stress. Many people are so scared of speaking in public, whether as a speaker or someone singled out or noticed in a crowd.
Do you have a fear of public speaking or performing on stage? If this is the case, you may be suffering from performance anxiety. Do any of the following describe you? If this is the case, you may be suffering from performance anxiety.
-Are you concerned about appearing foolish in front of others and being laughed at?
-Are you concerned that others will notice how nervous you are?
-If you have to speak in front of others or perform on stage, you may experience stage fright.
-Because you're anticipating your fears, you'll feel anxious before the event.
-Feel immediate and intense fear when you learn you must perform in public.
-Make an effort to avoid public performances, or do not attend if you cannot do so.
-Missed out on opportunities because you were afraid of being in the public eye.
The sufferer's mind is the only thing that causes performance anxiety. After all, not everyone is afraid of performing on stage, and there is no danger. Fear stems from imagined hazards, such as believing that you are not smart or good enough to avoid ridicule. So changing your way of thinking is the best way to overcome performance anxiety.
Overcoming performance anxiety consists of four steps. Let's take a look at them now, shall we?
Step One: Self-Evaluation
-Become acquainted with yourself, both as a person and as a performer.
-Identify the disturbing thoughts that are impeding your progress and causing anxiety.
Step two: Exposure and planning
-Seek out opportunities for limited performance exposure, but not to the point where your anxiety takes over.
-Exercise your speech or performance skills. Tape it and watch it later. Practice until you've mastered it. Always be prepared entirely before delivering your performance so that you can feel confident.
-Learn and practice relaxation techniques before your performance.
Step three: The performance
-Consider the audience to be friends and family who wish you well.
-Stop thinking about yourself. Consider the audience.
-Remain calm and have fun.
Step four: Following the Performance
-No matter what happens, don't criticize yourself.
-Congratulate yourself for giving it your all.
-Congratulate yourself for making progress.
Train yourself to change your thoughts, and instead of worrying about what others will think of you, imagine they are thinking positive thoughts about you. Consider yourself to be self-assured and completely capable of completing the performance. As you alter your thinking, you will notice that your performance anxiety begins to fade.
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