Are you able to sleep soundly the day before Karate grading or competition? Or do you find it hard to sleep or wake up in between, startled and tensed? Do you spend extra training sessions hours before the event? Well, if it is so, just remember that you are not a unique case.
Anxiety and stress affects all the people, but it would be much powerful and stronger before a event that could decide the course of your life. Being nervous is okay, but your approach towards it isn’t be okay at all. If you let those nerves to decide your performance, then you are in for some losses. Well, here are some tips that can help you overcome anxiety and perform well:
- Positive Reinforcement – Anxiety can happen to anyone and anytime. You also not try to dismiss or ignore it. You should be able to realize that it is normal to feel this way and accept it. Well, if you are in for a grading or competitive event, it is because you belong there. No one would call an underperformer and ask him to take part in the competition. You should have faith in the judgement of the person who put you in that place. Your instructor is someone who watches you closely and know about your skills and performance. If he asks you to do something, then it is because you are able to. So, whenever you are selected for a tournament or grading, just assure yourself that you belong there.
- No Negative Talk but Humour – The worst part of anxiety is that you would start engaging in negative talk all the time. But the interesting thing is that a majority of your negative talk would be silly. If you don’t feel so, just tell them out aloud in a silly manner. The disadvantage is that more silly talk would imprint the idea in your mind and you would develop the habit. If you try to talk your negative thoughts aloud in a silly voice, you can reframe your negative thoughts with humour. This psychological move can distance yourselves from anxiety and help you perform better.
- You make the Decision – It is you who should decide whether you are anxious or excited. You may feel nervous even if your instructor has selected you for grading or a competition. Karate, being a self-defence martial art technique, is something that should be performed under huge stress, when the time comes, as in real life situations. When in stress, find a moment of fun and joy, which will help you feel relaxed and calm. It is also hard to be anxious when you are excited.
These are some of the ways by which you can overcome anxiety in karate. Apart from this, you can also focus just on the present to realize that you belong at that moment and perform well. With the right Karate practice and techniques, you can overcome anxiety and perform to your best.
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