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What are performance anxiety treatments?

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Here are 10 tips to help you overcome your fears and shine on stage, on the field, or at the podium:

  • Be prepared: practice, practice, practice.
  • Limit caffeine and sugar intake the day of the performance. Eat a sensible meal a few hours before yor performance so you have energy and don't get hungry. A low-fat meal including complex carbohydrates -- whole-grain pasta, lentil soup, yogurt, or a bean and rice burrito -- is a good choice.
  • Get the focus off of yourself and your fear to the enjoyment you're providing to the spectators. Close your eyes and imagine the audience laughing and cheering, and you feeling good.
  • Don't focus on what could go wrong. Instead focus on the positive. Visualize your success.
  • Avoid thoughts that produce self-doubt.
  • Practice controlled breathing, meditation, biofeedback, and other strategies to help you relax and redirect your thoughts when they turn negative. It's best to practice some type of relaxation technique every day, regardless of whether you have a performance, so the skill is there for you when you need it.
  • Take a walk, jump up and down, shake out your muscles, or do whatever feels right to ease your anxious feelings before the performance.
  • Connect with your audience -- smile, make eye contact, and think of them as friends.
  • Act natural and be yourself.
  • Exercise, eat a healthy diet, get adequate sleep, and live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Keep in mind that stage fright is usually worse before the performance and often goes away once you get started.

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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