Ruby is a freelance writer from the Philippines. She teaches communication courses and enjoys gardening and reading as her other pastimes.
Stage Fright: What Is It?
What precisely is stage fright? Anxiety comes in many forms, and one of those forms is known as stage fear. Similar to other types of anxiety, stage fright is caused by your brain and body falsely feeling that they are in danger. We humans have become quite adept in either combating or evading threats to our safety through the course of our evolutionary history. But when you are terrified, even when there is no actual threat, your body wants to fight, escape, or freeze; and this may get in the way of a variety of things, including performance.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
— Benjamin Franklin
1. Prepare for the Occasion in Advance
Benjamin Franklin, a famous scientist and inventor declared, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Preparation is key for almost all upcoming tasks. Nothing beats good and thorough preparation for getting you mentally and physically ready. So, make every effort to get ready for your big appointment. To reduce performance anxiety, memorize, practice, or rehearse your presentation in front of your closest friends. If the event involves singing, consider honing your song in a Karaoke at home or in your own room. You'll experience the whole throng without all of the stress.
Make sure to set performance objectives for yourself in order to get over your stage fear. Try singing louder at the beginning of your set if you typically sing louder at the conclusion. Use a timer when practicing if you wish to slow down the speed of your presentation. Setting performance objectives might help you concentrate during practice and keep you on track during the actual performance.
When you practice, have everything ready, including notes, a microphone, a seat, musical instruments, and of course, bottled water. (You must continue to drink water!) And when you practice, dress nicely! Looking the part is the best way to get ready for the real thing.
2. Imagine Yourself Performing at Your Absolute Best
You should close your eyes and picture yourself doing a performance. You are performing flawlessly and making a connection with each and every person in the audience. Visualizations of this nature make you feel more at ease and put you in a better position to achieve your goals. Your mind possesses an incredible amount of power. Put it to use for your benefit. Exude assurance in oneself. Don't go about announcing your anxiety to everyone. Your anxiousness may increase, and you may easily irritate everyone else. Tell your bandmates and yourself that everything is fantastic, that you're all going to crush it tonight, and that the audience will be spellbound.
3. Breathe Deep, Stomach-Depth Breaths
Becoming a "talking head," characterized by fast and shallow breathing, is surprisingly simple in today's world, what with all the electronic devices and digital assistants that are readily available. This sort of respiratory cycle is made worse by the fight-or-flight reaction that occurs in response to social anxiety. Learn to breathe with your diaphragm to combat the effects of these practices. You will find that it not only helps you to have a more resonant voice, but that it also helps you to feel more at ease and slows down your pulse rate.
4. Trigger Your Endorphins by Physical Activity
Several studies have shown that exercise boosts one's confidence. If you are a performer, you presumably already engage in regular physical activity; thus, the day of a performance is not the time to slack up on your workout program. You are going to require those endorphins. Visit the gym, go for a run, or sign up for any physical fitness class—whatever helps you stay active the most. Exercising is one of the most effective ways to alleviate anxiety. Just make sure you don't push yourself too hard and tire yourself out. Keep some of your strength for the show.
5. Transform Your Negative Thoughts and Statements Into Good Ones
Sometimes, fear is only in the mind. It's your own thinking of fear that defeats you in the first place. The longer you remain in an unfavorable area in relation to your reaction to giving presentations in public, the more uncomfortable it will appear to be. Negative self-talk is something that all of us are well-versed in and all of us are professionals. Why not try to think in a more optimistic way instead? By inverting that harmful perspective, you may turn negative comments around and use them to your advantage. Establish a productive rhythm; then you can continue to ride. Finally, you can always claim God's assurance of help and success in every good thing that you want to do that reads "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me," (Philippians 4:13, EHV).
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