By Heidi Swedberg // From the Fall 2018 issue of Ukulele
Controlled breathing techniques can help counteract an adrenaline rush. Try counting slowly to six as you inhale, and again as you exhale.
Keep the shame monster at bay by replacing negative thoughts with these words: “I am enough. I am good enough. I am worthy.” Or make up your own positive mantra.
See your hands shaking? Fear that your voice might crack? Decide that these things will make your performance better, not worse. Accept the fact that you are nervous, and consider it a gift.
Try a moment of meditation, or stand on one foot and find your balance.
A simple trick to calm the jitters is to change your body language. The hormone testosterone, present in both women’s and men’s bodies, gives us more “fight.” Sitting or standing in a closed position, such as crossing legs and arms, inhibits the production of testosterone, whereas an open position encourages it. Try this while waiting in the wings: manspread. Take up more room in your chair or, better yet, take a powerful, wide stance, arms akimbo.
You’ll communicate confidence to your amygdala—and your audience.