Putting together a performance is an opportunity to show off the work you’ve put in and whether it’s a presentation, a test, a game, a race, it can be nerve wracking and exciting all at the same time.
Routine can be important to reach your ideal performance state before a big race or important performance. It is important to have a pre-performance routine that you are comfortable with and have practices throughout training. You also want to make sure you are adaptable because sometimes things come up and you must change your routine, but that’s okay!
Many of the strategies that Olympians use for a performance can also be very helpful for life outside of sport and for times when we're feeling a bit anxious, or uncertain. Building a routine can help you feel at ease and allow you to focus on little steps ahead instead of an overwhelming goal or outcome you want.
- Have a pre-performance routine that you are comfortable with and practice it throughout training
- Make sure you are adaptable because sometimes things come up and you must change your routine, and that’s okay!
- Get an adequate amount of quality sleep
- Eat specific foods that you know sit well in your tummy, especially in high stress times
- Talk to teammates and coaches to help build up your confidence
- Play a game to keep your mind busy if that helps you. Ex: puzzle, Sudoku
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