It’s normal to feel nervous before a big performance. Whether it’s singing on stage, playing an instrument or giving a presentation at work. You’re not alone! Performance anxiety is actually quite common. But the good news is that there are things you can do to overcome it. Check it out choom!
Practice, practice, practice! The more prepared you are, the less anxious you’ll feel. Make sure to run through your songs or scripts several times so that it feels natural when it’s time to perform. Let this become part of you, so you sound as natural as possible.
Get plenty of rest and eat healthy foods leading up to the event. Being well-rested and nourished will help your body (and mind) be at its best. DO NOT get too drunk or have to much fun! Focus on your gig and don’t get carried away trying to relax at the venue. Business first!
Warm up before performing; loosening up your muscles will also help calm your nerves. Do some stretches and prepare your body for the show. If you’re active on stage or if you have a fight scene to prepare for, warm up your body to prevent injuries.
Take some deep breaths. Controlling your breath is one way of taking control over how anxious you’re feeling. Understand what’s happening in your body when you get anxious. When we get nervous, our hearts race and we may start to perspire or shake. Remember to breathe, and DON’T hold your breath either!
Remember, everyone gets nervous sometimes! Even professional performers who have been doing this for years. If you’re prepared and in control of your body, you be supreme on stage or screen!