Performance anxiety and exam anxiety can come in a number of forms.
Perhaps you dread the thought of getting up in front of a group of people and performing or presenting?
Perhaps you spend find yourself fearful or anxious when asked to input to a meeting or conversation?
Perhaps you suffer from severe exam nerves or anxiety?
Perhaps you find yourself anxious about performing a task or responsibility?
Well one thing to know is that you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from performance anxiety, commonly called “stage fright.”
Performance anxiety and exam anxiety can prevent you from doing what you enjoy and can negatively affect your career, relationship, self-esteem and self-confidence.
So why does performance anxiety or exam anxiety happen?
We all subconsciously filter information regarding a situation in different ways. Actually this filtering is part of what makes us all unique, we all have different opinions, different thoughts and see things differently. Things that affect this filtering include our experiences or memories, what we see as important, what we believe and the language we use with ourselves. When experiencing performance or exam anxiety you are subconsciously applying negative or unhelpful filters to the situation. Such unhelpful filters include:
Beliefs about other’s opinion
Beliefs about your own ability
Memories of when things went wrong
Over emphasising of the importance of the result
Wanting to please others
Being used to telling ourselves “I can’t” or ” it always happens” etc
Sometimes the anxiety feels like it just automatically happens, for others you feel the anxiety building.
For some being the centre of attention and having all eyes on them can be stressful. For others the thought of a ‘test’ or judgement can lead to high stress and anxiety levels.
Your body reacts to this situation in much the same way as it would if you were being attacked. Your body’s “fight-or-flight” mechanism kicks in, which is why symptoms of stage fright are similar to symptoms that occur when you are in real danger.
Performance anxiety and exam anxiety symptoms may include
Racing pulse and rapid breathing
Dry mouth and tight throat
Trembling hands, knees, lips, and voice
Sweaty and cold hands
Nausea and an uneasy feeling in your stomach
The good news is that we can help!
We work with you to deal with the cause of the performance anxiety or exam anxiety quickly, safely and effectively and thus enable that previous automatic reaction to disappear.
We help you to give yourself the control back over how you react and how you feel and enable you to tune in to positive internal resources such as calm, confidence and relaxation. In addition we are able to give you fast and effective ways of banishing the negative triggers that would have previously provoked that anxious state.
To take that step forward for you and find out more and book your free initial consultation please contact us.