When participating in your sport, can you think of any specific examples of where you have felt stressed and anxious to perform?
How did it make you feel?
Did you feel you were able to cope positively with the stress and anxiety?
Did it have a negative or positive effect on your performance?
I have definitely struggled with feelings of stress and anxiety when playing sport. Specifically, in the most important moments, when performance needed to be optimal. Even playing low level football, cup finals and penalty shoot-outs still make me feel extremely anxious due to my desire to win. High levels of anxiety and stress experienced during a cup final resulted in me not having the best performance, despite the significance of the game. I allowed those feelings of anxiety and stress to get the better of me. I wish back then, I understood why I was feeling that way and known the strategies I could have put in place to help optimise my performance and cope with the emotions.
The blogs aims to:
1. Help athletes across all sports and levels to understand and cope with stress and anxiety they may feel prior or during a game . . .