In this brief post we will consider how to control your nerves in difficult situations and encounters and how controling your nerves can lead to a better wellbeing.
The first thing to realise is that it’s completely normal to feel nervous. It’s simply part of how we are wired. Feeling nervous or anxious is your body’s natural reaction to potential threats. What is also known as the ‘fight or flight’ reaction. Your senses sharpen, your intuition kicks in, you become energised, animated and focussed. All useful as you prepare to take action.
Imagine that you’re about to speak in public. You are naturally feeling anxious and nervous. You start to panic. You think… I need to control my nerves to perform well. So what do you do? You’d probably try to calm yourself by breathing deeply and using relaxation techniques.
To control your nerves anticipate the situation you are in to be a good one, focus on the good aspects, control your breathing and try your best to distract your mind.