Performance Nerves

Performance anxiety encompasses a spectrum of situations ranging from job interviews, public speaking engagements, to exam-taking, driving tests, auditions, or performances. It involves the emotions experienced when presenting oneself in front of an audience, exposing oneself to scrutiny, and potentially feeling vulnerable in the face of possible mistakes

Examinations, conversely, assess your understanding, yet the anxiety they induce remains the same. Such anxiety typically stems from self-doubt, concerns about competence, falling short of personal expectations, and a lack of confidence in sharing the knowledge we possess.

Here are some suggestions to help mitigate performance nerves:

  • Practice and revise thoroughly. Nothing trumps being fully prepared.
  • Visualise yourself succeeding. Leave no room for doubt in your mind at all.
  • Cut out the negative self-talk and replace these limiting thoughts with positive affirmations reminding yourself of your strengths, abilities and skills. Recognise the adrenaline rush that you might experience as a force that can enhance your performance and help you stay alert and focused.
  • Practice mindfulness.
  • Reframe anxiety as excitement. Instead of viewing your nerves as a negative force reframe them and view them as excitement and anticipation.
  • Seek the support of friends and family.

Performance nerves have the potential to be overwhelming, triggering panic and causing temporary cognitive lapses as we struggle to recall familiar knowledge.

Subsequently, anxiety can intensify, manifesting in symptoms such as palpitations, sweaty palms, dry mouth, and a queasy stomach. As our nervousness escalates, it may culminate in panic attacks, accompanied by a sense of losing control. Should this pattern persist, it necessitates a change in behaviour.

Integrated NLP and hypnotherapy can help to support you in eliminating this assisting you to beat your performance or exam nerves forever.

A tailored therapeutic programme integrating Life Coaching, NLP and Hypnotherapy can reveal and eliminate the reasons behind your  performance nerves so that you can overcome them, feel calm, relaxed and confident, recall information, regain control and perform successfully.

No two people are the same, so all my treatment programmes are bespoke, designed to meet the requirements of each individual. I usually integrate all three disciplines, which I believe makes me a more effective coach enabling me to greatly enhance your therapeutic programme and accelerate your results.

I want to make appointments as easy as possible for you so offer sessions in person in clinic or online over Zoom.

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