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:
Change the Stressor
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:
- Sleep: Know how much sleep you need and try to get that amount of sleep daily, even on weekends. Most teens need at least eight hours.
- Eating: Make sure you know what it means for you to eat a healthy diet, and make this a must daily.
- Exercise: As an athlete, you probably think you are getting enough exercise. Depending on your sport, however, that may or may not be true. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you get 30-60 minutes of aerobic exercise most days of the week. It is also recommended that you strength train. Do not assume that just because you are active in season, you are getting enough.
Maintain a Routine
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.