Racing pulse, hyperventilating, dry mouth, tight throat, trembling of the hands, knees, lips and voice, sweaty palms, nausea, blurred vision, the urge to run and hide… sound familiar?
Whether you are a singer or musician, dancer, actor, athlete or public speaker, stress and anxiety about performing in front of people can cause performance anxiety and prevent you from showcasing your true talent.
And if you have suffered from any of the above before going on stage, into a sports arena or just standing in front of a crowd, you’re in good company.
Stage fright affects most performers at some point during their careers. Adele, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli and Chris Hoy have all suffered with performance anxiety.
Adele said in an interview recently, ‘With my stage fright, I just don’t want to let people down. I get so nervous on stage that I don’t have the guts to improvise or anything like that.’
A healthy level of anticipation and nerves before a performance is actually a positive thing, because it demonstrates that you take your performance seriously and care about the outcome.
But if this level increases to the point where there are feelings of nausea, distress and panic attacks, you can end up giving a less than perfect performance and lose confidence altogether.
Hypnotherapy can help you re-frame and redirect negative thoughts, beliefs, images, and predictions about performing in public. Transforming fears and vulnerabilities into powerful tools to help you perform at your very best, every time.
For more information on hypnotherapy and how it can help you to be the best you can be, contact me today…
Gail Marra D.Hyp MNCH (Acc) LAPHP is a GHR registered Clinical Hypnotherapist accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council
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