In my riding lessons, we have a joke that when we are stressed out a bit, but we don’t want to show our trainer- we say to each, “quietly freakin’ out!”
It’s the moment, where you put on the smile and pretend to everyone you are “all good.” —
When really you are totally “freaked” and struggling to nail the exercise or jumps
In my blog post I talk about what you can do, but I’ll just give it to you straight here:
1. Breathe. Stop holding your breath and start breathing. Take a deep breathe.
2. Sounds so easy- um yea. But, guaranteed you aren’t doing it.
3. And because you aren’t doing it you aren’t able to think and make good decisions, because you stopped all oxygen from going to your brain.
4. And when you stop breathing you tell your body that it needs to freak out because you are in “danger.”
5. We both know your life isn’t on the line, so take control and tell your body that the anxiety is great to have, but you still need to optimize that anxiety so you can preform.
6. So talk to yourself: LITERALLY! Be crazy and say: “I am strong. I got this. I am bold. I got this. I can do this. I WILL do this. I GOT SKILLZ.”
Let me know what you other things you do? Or if any of this works or doesn’t, I always want to hear what is going on. . .
Peak performance . .
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