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How can you overcome performance anxiety?

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There are also mental tricks you can play to help you perform with less anxiety. These include:

These tips should help reduce performance anxiety. But if they don't, talk to a counselor or therapist trained in treating anxiety issues. You may benefit from more intensive therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, to help overcome performance anxiety. Beta-blockers such as propranolol that lower the heart rate and block the effects of adrenaline are sometimes used by people with performance anxiety.

Confronting your fears and learning ways to reduce and manage them can be empowering. Not only will it make you feel good about yourself, you may discover that you are a more confident performer, too.

  • Focus on the friendliest faces in the audience.
  • Laugh when you can. It can help you relax.
  • Make yourself look good. When you look good, you feel good.

From: Stage Fright (Performance Anxiety) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Conquering Stage Fright."

University of Northern Iowa: "Managing Stage Fright."

Advanced Public Speaking Institute: "Public Speaking: Stage Fright Strategies."

Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychology: "Beta Blockers as Treatment for Stage Fright."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: "Conquering Stage Fright."

University of Northern Iowa: "Managing Stage Fright."

Advanced Public Speaking Institute: "Public Speaking: Stage Fright Strategies."

Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychology: "Beta Blockers as Treatment for Stage Fright."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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