Combating Performance Stress

Regardless if you are performing on stage or presenting something to an audience, a lot of people suffer with anxious feelings beforehand, but for many it can just be too much and prevent them from speaking publicly at all. When you actually feel uneasy about speaking in front of large audiences, you would typically have that butterfly feeling, you may perspire and actually feel shaky; this is all really common and many individuals would argue that feeling a little uneasy can assist with your performance or presentation. Sad to say, however, a lot of people would have considerably more than that and find themselves utterly unable to speak publicly. They will often shake uncontrollably, lose their voice, actually feel emotional, sweat, feel very anxious, worried and may even be physically ill.

Thankfully, problems with performing or presenting are frequently in the mind; it is a component of general anxiousness which causes you to imagine yourself presenting and the reaction of your audience. Your mind tries to prepare for any eventuality, thus making you believe that you will probably stutter, that you will forget your lines or shake etc., when in actual fact the majority of people would sit and enjoy your performance without having any concern at all.

What this means, is that with the proper help, for instance hypnosis, you can change that cycle of behaviour letting you speak confidently and professionally with just minimal feelings of nervousness.

This can be achieved by getting into a relaxed state, and communicating with your sub-conscious mind so as to replace these habits with favourable views and behavours. This relieves the uncontrollable anxiety, jitteriness and stress attributed to irrational fears and thinking. Hypnotherapy also has quite a few other results, and by using a variety of techniques for instance mindfulness and relaxation you can also continue to apply these methods at home and at work to allow you to actually feel more relaxed and comfortable in periods of anxiousness.

Having performance anxiousness can actually feel very incapacitating as you may feel held back in your career or social life due to nerves and uncontrollable anxiousness. By increasing your ability to present and function in front of audiences, your confidence would increase substantially, you would become considerably more assertive and outgoing which would also have a favourable influence on your social life and relationships. You will probably also be more friendly and be able to talk to a group of people, which is likely to also boost your job prospects and open up quite a few opportunities.

Andy Cox, a highly skilled hypnotherapist, who works at Assured Effects Hypnotherapy explained, “Like most people when I was a younger I hated public speaking, but in later life I have lectured at bath university and appeared live on the radio – and more importantly given the best man’s speech at my son’s wedding! Give me a call to arrange a free consultation and I will talk you through the simple and quick process.”

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