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You can have positive or negative stress. Positive or good stress can be beneficial and help you grow. Good stress is called eustress. Eustress is the stress that gives us purpose and drive. It is the stress that:
Both positive and negative stress can cause changes in our body. These changes can affect our mental state and thought processes. It is our perception about stress that creates the impact within our bodies.
Below are some negative stressors that occur in our bodies. Some of these negative stressors can slow your athletic performance. They are broken down into categories of physical, emotional and behavioral stressors. Review the list and note the ones you may experience from time to time.
If you have noted several of these items, your athletic performance can be affected.
When you experience stress symptoms right before or at the start of competition, it is called performance anxiety. Performance anxiety may bring on symptoms such as:
Things that cause stress in our day-to-day lives can increase performance anxiety. Also, it may cause you to be stressed or out of energy during your performance.
The key to managing stress better is to recognize whether you have control over the stressor. The best way to manage stress so that you perform at your best is to follow these steps:
If something is bothering or stressing you that is within your control, change it or get away from it. If you cannot get away from the stressor, focus on the other ways to manage stress.
Staying prepared means something a bit different for everyone, but here are some general categories:
Find a routine that works for you and stick with it. This will help you decrease performance anxiety in sport as well as life in general.
Our stress level has much to do with how we perceive our day-to-day lives. You can make a big difference in your own life and those around you by getting rid of negative thinking. Replace it with something positive.
Proper breathing helps us control our body’s responses to stress. When you are really stressed, it is important to learn how to breathe deeply. Proper breathing can help you stay calm, focused and ready to perform.
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