Anxiety can really affect your preparation.
Game-day anxiety affects people in different ways, however the most common symptoms can involve:
- pounding or racing heartbeat
- shortness of breath
- dry mouth or throat
- muscle aches and pains in the neck or shoulders
- an excessive fear or worry
- distress in social situations
- racing mind or blank mind
- unable to concentrate
All of these things can be passed off as ‘nerves’. Being anxious is a really common feeling when preparing for something important, especially for players preparing for big matches.
What could possibly help?
Elite players are now using Mindfulness and Meditation to overcome the symptoms and pressure of anxiety.