PERFORMANCE YOGA – 02.02.15 (Anxiety Management)

Anxiety isn’t a bad thing.  It means that we care.  We’re worried that the goals that we’ve set for ourselves and the moments that come up in our lives.  Our humanity is defined by our ability to have compassion for others and ourselves.  So we’re normal (or whatever our own definition of that word is, ha!).

As a middle school math/science teacher for the past twelve years, I have witnessed countless forms of anxiety … test anxiety, athletic performance anxiety and social anxiety.  I’ve watched numerous young adults attempt to learn how to deal with anxiety.  I’ve seen anxiety turn to anger, panic and frustration.  All they want to do is their best.  They’re normal (or whatever is normal for a middle schooler, ha!).

Anxiety can drive us insane, but it can also drive us to peak performance levels.  Will we accept the moment and let go of a future that doesn’t exist?  When we allow anxiety to drive us to panic, we manifest a future that we truly do not desire.  When we accept each moment as an opportunity to display something new and amazing, we find ourselves so driven to excel.  Let’s not allow anxiety to bring about panic, but let’s bring the performance of the moment be brilliant, amazing and beautiful.

Anxiety Management:  Go from Panicky to Pumped!

Anxiety or excitement is proof that they, and you, care about performance and outcomes.

A panic response is thus an exaggerated mind-body reaction – a false alarm – that can be diffused or redirected.  Our instinctive responses to panic are always counterproductive, such as fleeing, isolating ourselves, trying too hard to relax, or beating ourselves up mentally.

What you truly fear, if you are willing to admit it, is embarrassment that you will fail to perform in the moment and because of that must suffer the consequences of anxiety and panic.

Panicking is not going crazy, but rather the manifestation of fear of a terrible outcome.

BOOK – “The Champion’s Mind:  How Great Athletes think, train and thrive.” by Jim Afremow  (BUY IT!)

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