Overcoming Performance Anxiety

One type of anxiety that is a huge problem for singers and artists is performance anxiety. You might be surprised to hear that performance anxiety can actually help your performance. The trick is to be prepared for it and not to let it get the better of you. It’s important to identify the source of fear, in order to deal with it successfully.

Some of the most common fears are: cracking during the performance and not being able to hit the high note; looking stupid in front of friends; forgetting the words to the song; fearing success or failure, rejection, or the unknown. Once you can name your fear you can take steps to overcome it. When you understand the problem, take the time to deal with the source of your fear as opposed to just the symptoms.

You will notice that with adrenaline comes a racing heart. You can duplicate that feeling by running in place until you’re out of breath and then sing your song. When you practice out of breath you will get used to singing phrases where you just want to exhale and quit singing. When you endure breathlessness it’s similar to the issues that occur during your anxiety attack in the middle of a performance. Your breaths will feel like they are falling into your body. As it falls in your body, realize that you can sing even when your heart is pounding. It’s not easy, but it is possible.

Did you know thousands of people have this feeling right before a performance? Everyone experiences anxiety differently but there are several common symptoms that can surface such as; shaky hands, nausea, butterflies in the stomach, sweaty armpits, the urge to cry, nausea.  an almost an endless list.

If you don’t turn out to be cool as a cucumber in the beginning, don’t worry because the majority of performers out there aren’t either.Expecting to be nervous and jittery, on the other hand, can enable you to sing through your anxiety. In fact, you can use the fight-or-flight excitement of adrenaline coursing through your body to enhance your performance. In the end, if you accept your nerves and take advantage of your adrenaline it will be much easier to push past the anxiety and become a better performer.

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