I don’t want to call this nervousness. To be honest, I don’t even know what this is.
Every time I am told that I will be making a presentation in class (I’m in 9th grade) my body flips. I don’t even know how to explain this feeling in words but I’ll try. ….
This is anxiety my friend. A lot more people suffer from this than they care to admit.
Nothing is wrong with being afraid of public speaking but there are ways to be able to tackle it as well. Some things I get my clients to do
1. Keep a panic diary. Writing stuff down helps you to stay calm, as the mind focuses on what happened you become more of an observer than a sufferer.
2. Meditation. I get clients to spend time before they speak with their eyes closed just meditating. Silent deep breathing to control their heart rate
3. Breathe and smile. Just before you speak, shake your hands out and smile. Reduce that cortisol and raise testosterone.
4. Pause. When you feel that wave of panic, sometimes you have to let it wash over you, pause a minute and then start again.
These interventions are best done with someone who understands anxiety but even if you have a friend who can keep you accountable, who you trust and is not judgemental then it’s a start.
I wish you well in your presentation.
Look back on it when it’s done and you might find it’s not as bad as you think
To your success.