By Stan Popovich
Sometimes, fear and anxiety can get the best of us in sports. The key is to know how to manage that fear and anxiety. Following are some techniques that athletes can use to help manage their fears and everyday anxieties.
Occasionally, you may become stressed when you have to perform in an important event. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you have to perform in the championship game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself performing. Self-visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.
Sometimes we get stressed when everything happens all at once. When this occurs, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could read the newspaper, listen to some music or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things right before their event.
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