How to Get Rid of Nervousness
You're standing there, and suddenly your palms begin to sweat. Your throat starts to feel as if it's closing up. And then your mouth feels like a giant ball of cotton just expanded in it. That is what is know nervousness, and you could be standing up in front of a class, about to give a speech, or even in the vicinity of someone who intimidates you. There are different levels of nervousness, but rest assured they're all one fabulous anxiety.
So, how do you get a handle on those nerves? Luckily, there are some excellent techniques for overcoming nervousness. One of the best is to remember to breathe. This may sound basic and fundamental, but when people are nervous their breathing becomes shallow, and one of the effects is the feeling of dizziness.
You can banish nervous by taking big, deep breaths. Imagine breathing from deep in your stomach. Slowly take in air, hold it, then slowly release it. This will have a regulating effect on your breathing and help you think more clearly.
Another good strategy is to release tension with small exercises. Doing yoga is a great way to get rid of nervousness. If you don't have time for a yoga class, though, try jumping in place or even a brisk walk. When you're nervous, adrenaline is working overtime. Normally, this activates a "flight or fight" response in people. It's actually and evolutionary response to being frightened, as fleeing or fighting are two natural responses. In this case, you want to release the pent-up energy through activity.
Another helpful way to conquer nervousness is to relax the mind with positive thinking and visualization. Thinking positively will help calm any irrational thoughts you might have. For instance, if you're frightened of public speaking (as the majority of people are), tell yourself that everyone else is scared too. You're in good company. Think to yourself: "What is the worst that can happen? In a few minutes I will be done and it will all be over."
Visualization is a tool that helps many people overcome anxiety and fear. The trick is to imagine yourself in a positive place, one that brings you happiness and calm. Is there an event in your life that you associate with success? Go there in your mind and you'll feel the nerves slowly dissipate.
Being prepared for a situation is also helpful in getting rid of nervousness. Practice the activity that you're planning on, whether it is an upcoming test, asking someone a question, giving a speech, or even meeting new people. Go over the situation in your head, think of all the possibilities and what you might do it one arises. Review your materials and use your imagination to get an idea of the best ways to respond. Nervousness is a response to an outcome we are unsure of or afraid of. If you can imagine several of the outcomes, you'll be better prepared and less nervous to deal with them.