Competition of any level can be both rewarding and stressful. It is rewarding because at last you can show your talent to the world and win awards. It is stressful on the hand because the pain in training and preparation has to be experienced. One of the most common sayings says, success is not someone who never fails, but it is someone who never quit. So in gymnastics and other sports, you need to overcome stress situations to get the reward. If you fail, get up!
#1: Focus on the Process
If you want to win, don’t concentrate on the outcomes. Jumping ahead to the future cannot help as well as drifting back to the past. Work for on what you need to do today. This will help you feel relaxed and decrease nervousness. Bear in mind that if you have done nothing today, you will never get a good future in you. KEY: Concentrate on the present moment.
#2: Do Positive Self-talk Self-talk won’t make you crazy; it will bring you up instead. Sometimes, negative thoughts come to our mind and it’s normal. However, negativity ruins. It cannot help anyone during the competition. To keep you calm, think about the things you have accomplished. Imagine what brings you this far. Let yourself know how best you are. KEY: Be positive.
#3: Learn to Take a Deep Breath
Deep breathing is probably the simplest way you can do to keep you relax. Take a deep breath into your abdomen to get as much fresh air into your lungs. The more you do this, the more oxygen you breathe in which will magically reduce the tense and anxious you have felt.
KEY: Inhale, exhale.
Reaching triumph in the competition depends on you. There are things you can’t control but you can focus on something you can. When you lose your focus, bring yourself back. Have fun and just do your best.
Have your meet fast approaching? Keep calm and win!