THEORY: Stress is both good (positive) and bad (negative). It is how we deal with stress that is important. We need stress in our lives to provide us with opportunity. However, too much stress can lead to anxiety and an inability to perform. Positive stress encourages focus and maintains our ability to stay in tune of our emotions.
PRACTICE: As performers you need to ask questions of yourself. Why did I get stressed (negative)? How did I react to being stressed? Did it affect my performance? Remember stress, like pressure, must be enjoyed. Those who have an ability to cope with stress are more likely to achieve their goals and become successful.
APPLICATION: Always relax and reflect on why you suffered from stress. Techniques to manage stress include, listening to music, deep breathing exercises, yoga, swimming or simply going out.
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About Gobinder Gill
Gobinder is a lecturer in Sport Psychology and Research Methods at Birmingham Metropolitan College in the West Midlands.