“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.” ~Robert Eliot
Stress. Don’t let it get the best of you. Whether you’re on the starting line of a race, about to give a speech, or walking into an interview how you manage those anxious feeling can make or break your performance that day. Here are a few tips to keep feeling cool as a cucumber from start to finish.
- Prepare. No better way to calm your nerves than to be prepared. Train for that race. Rehearse for that presentation or practice the answers to those interview questions. Over and over and over again.
- Practice Positive Self-talk. Do not let negative thoughts in. Replace all negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Positive thoughts will not only make you feel more relaxed but they will strengthen you. …“I am prepared and confident!”
- Know your Venue. Don’t wait until race day to familiarize yourself with the course or until you get onstage to present to ask questions about their audiovisual equipment. Make sure in advance that what you’ll need to be successful that day is available.
- Practice Mindfulness. Slow down to notice your surroundings and engage your senses. Truly experiencing the moment can be very calming.
- Visualized your Success. Sports psychologists have proven that an athletes ability to visualize their success leads to a higher win rate. Picture yourself finishing a race with a strong sprint, speaking with confidence and you too can win more often!
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- Listen to Music. Listening to music has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce the heart rate and decrease stress hormones!
- Laugh. Laughter stimulates oxygen flow to the heart, lungs and muscles. It increases positive thoughts and a release of stress-fighting hormones and improves mood.
- Smile. Yep, just turning that frown upside down releases chemicals that calms the nerves and promotes a feeling of well being.