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You experience a very high level of anxiety prior to competing. These symptoms are the result of how you approach the competition. If you place a high level of importance on your sporting career and really want to be seen as a successful athlete, the idea that several people are going to be evaluating your performance (e.g., coach, fans, teammates) could be making you nervous. It is the same reaction that most people experience when they are asked to read a speech in front of a large crowd.
|Manages Anxiety Very Effectively||Could Benefit from Coping Strategies|
- Establish a pre-game routine that allows you to relax and take your mind off the importance of the game. This may involve isolating yourself from your teammates, as they may add to your nerves.
- When you think about sport and the importance of being a good athlete, put it into perspective. Remember, it is just a game.
- Picture yourself having a successful performance before the game. This will build your confidence and also take your mind off the game for a minute. Use breathing exercises in conjunction with this technique in order to relax.
- Focus on your effort and what you can control and measure your performance by how hard you work rather than your results.
The Basics of Managing Pre-competition Anxiety (DELI Approach)
1. DISCOVER SOURCES OF ANXIETY
When feeling stressed or not up to the challenge, it is important to identify the things that may be causing these feelings. A heavy workload, personal problems, conflict with others etc can create stress or anxiety. If you can discover and identify the source(s) of your anxiety you have taken the first step.
2. EVALUATE STRATEGIES USED TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS
Once sources of problems are identified, you should look for coaching or advice on how to evaluate your approach to dealing with each problem. Determine if the approach is effective and whether it should be enhanced or discontinued.
3. LEARN APPROPRIATE STRATEGIES TO DEAL WITH ISSUES
When there is no effective strategy to deal with the issues that are causing problems, you should seek to develop new strategies that will minimize or eliminate the problems.
4. INTEGRATE STRATEGIES INTO LIFESTYLE
Once strategies have been developed to deal with issues such as stress, nutrition etc, they should be integrated into your lifestyle so that they become habitual.
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