Oct. 6, 2015

JCS 029: 3 Tips You Can Do Right Now To Help With Pre-Event Anxiety

JCS 029: 3 Tips You Can Do Right Now To Help With Pre-Event Anxiety

Learn what you can do to calm your anxiety before your next event.


 
Do you know what this feels like? 
 
You have an important event coming up (presentation, interview, business meeting, going out to lunch) and it's a week away or a few days away, and that's the only thing you can think about.
 
You toss and turn and you just can't fall asleep because you're thinking about all of the things that will go wrong.
 
You think about how the "spotlight" will be on you, you worry about messing up, you worry about making a fool of yourself.
 
Your heart beats faster and faster the closer the event gets, your palms get a little sweaty, and you feel like running away to get away from it all!
 
Then, when you are in the moment of the event you realize that it's not as bad as you thought it would be.
 
After the event you feel relived or even ecstatic that you did it.
 
Then the anxiety hits again before he next event.
 
Do this describe you?
 
 
You know what it's like don't you? The feeling of intense anxiety before an event that you need to do. 
 
It could be the feeling of anxiety the night before your presentation, or the anxiety right before you go on stage to sing, or the intense anxiety that hits you hard when anticipating getting on an airplane.
 
This is what I call pre-event anxiety. The anxiety that spikes right before a big event.
 
Pre-anxiety is usually much worse than the actual event that you're worrying about.
 
You know what I'm talking about, right?
 
  • Does your anxiety get intense the week or day before the event you have do?
  • Do you get sick to your stomach thinking about giving a presentation at work?
  • Ever tempted to call in sick from work or school in order to miss the company picnic?
3 tips that you can do right now to help with your pre-event anxiety
 
1. T-Chart: Focus on what you know to be true, rather than the fear of the unknown.
 
2. Positive self-talk and Tell someone you are anxious and get their support.
 
3. Make a detailed plan (step by step) of what you are going to do leading up to the event.
 
Logically you know you'll get through the event, but emotionally it feels like the worse thing in the world.
 
You have got to face your anxiety if you are going to get better, but you need to know how to face your anxiety.
 
Thanks for letting me encourage you today. I want to be your C.E.O, your Chief Encouragement Officer.
 
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