Manage Your Nerves Along the Way
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Recognizing and accepting the fact you're being nervous before an important presentation will help you more than trying to fight those anxious feelings. Resistance creates even more angst.
Once you do this, you can slowly shift perspective and try to reframe the situation in a way that favors you.
Instead of being swept in the spiral of negative thoughts like 'What if I fail? What will they think of me? try to be aware of your physical sensations: how your heart beats, how the air fills your lungs, the heat and sweat you feel.
This will anchor you in the present moment and calm your nerves.
Try embracing your sweaty palms and racing heartbeat as signs of excitement. This reappraisal of anxiety can help stop nerves from overwhelming you.
Encouraging excitement can prime you to see the task as an opportunity, whereas trying to calm down can make you see the challenge as a threat.
Before a stressful work event, we tend to worry about what will happen if we don’t sleep well:
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