Nervousness Control Tips and Guidance
- Fun Fact: If you apply pressure to the tip of your tongue, it will ensure saliva flow that will prevent a dry mouth when nervous.
- Your brain cannot distinguish between something vividly imagined or a real experience. If you create a scene in your mind where you are presenting and enjoying the presentation while receiving positive feedback, your brain will record this memory and start to override past experiences.
- Check your posture and non-verbal behaviour when you are going into a situation which can exacerbate your nervousness. Keep a straight spine and square, yet relaxed shoulders. Gestures must be open and expansive. The body will begin to relay the messages through the bio-feedback mechanism, that you are in relaxed and in control.
- One of the secrets to overcoming nervousness is breathing correctly. Diaphragmatic Intercostal breathing or ‘Whole Chest Method’ are both deep and regular breathing techniques that will inhibit the negative hormones that are secreted when we become nervous.
- “Our memories are in-part reconstructions. Whenever we retrieve a memory, the brain rewrites it a bit, updating the past according to our present concerns and understanding. At the cellular level, retrieving a memory means it will be reconsolidated and slightly altered chemically by a new protein synthesis that will help store it anew after it has been updated. Each time we bring a memory to mind, we adjust its very chemistry; the next time we retrieve it, that memory will come up as we last modified it. The specifics of the new consolidation depend on what we learn as we recall it. If we merely have a flare-up of the same fear, we deepen our fearfulness. But the high road can bring reason to the low. If at the time of the fear we tell ourselves something that eases its grip, then the same memory becomes re-encoded with less power over us. Gradually we can bring the once-feared memory to mind without feeling the rush of distress all over again” says Joseph le Doux, a neuroscientist at the Center for Neural Science at New York University. Therefore, it is possible to acquire the skills of nervousness control and with practise release the fear altogether.
- All our functions depend on breath. Not only is breath the essence of life but your general health and well-being as well as your over-all state of mind are inextricably linked to the way that you breathe. “By harnessing this incredibly powerful life force, you can control the way you feel. You can find calm in times of stress. You can cope with almost any pressure.” Paul Wilson
- One of My Pocket Coach’s holistic methodologies is based on Role play Simulation that greatly contributes towards relaxation. Simulation refers to ‘compose or recite without preparation’. In other words, to create a dramatic situation spontaneously, that will assist with the sense memory in the brain for positive and confident thinking processes. This may assist the person to better understand the relation one has in terms of our bodily movements in space, creating greater physical freedom and control, developing co-ordination and providing us with a greater vocabulary of movement. It trains one to think, aids in problem solving and develops the imagination. Concentration is also developed and, with this, the ability to memorise vital information. It develops command of language and communication skills and minimises nervousness.