Whether you are preparing to sing on stage, expected to perform in a school play, or about to present a business report you may feel terrified. No need to worry this feeling will pass, as long as you now how to get rid of stage fright.
First, you may want to understand the symptoms of stage fright before trying to treat it. This will help you better deal with the problem faster come time to do something about it.
Stage Fright Symptoms
One of the most common signs of stage fright is a racing heartbeat, or an irregular pulse. Sweaty palms or forehead also are quite common, and the chills may also take place when someone is petrified.
Dry mouth, diarrhea, incontinence or jerkiness could also occur. You might feel very on edge or restless if you have stage fright, or you might have racing thoughts. More than likely you cannot sit still because you are in anticipation of your performance which you just want to be done and over with.
If you do struggle with stage fright there are ways to conquer your fears:
- Breath in slowly and deeply. Breathing exercises are in fact one of the most beneficial actions you can take against stage fright. Just breath in as if you were trying to suck a straw.
Do this slowly until your stomach/abdominal area expands. Then exhale slowly. You can repeat this action for as many times as it takes for you to relieve the agitated, upset, and anxious feelings you are having.
- Avoid foods and drink that could induce anxiety. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages (i.e. cola) often can increase rather than reduce anxiety. Certain acidic foods could cause gastrointestinal problems, too.
Therefore, avoid tomatoes, onions, etc. Also avoid unhealthy diet foods such as potato chips, candy, or fast food. The main objective here is to decrease anxiety by way of consuming a proper diet.
Alcohol is also not recommended, though it is often believed it can calm the nerves. It may calm you but then when the alcohol wears down it could actually contribute to increased anxiety problems.
- Concentrate on the performance itself, and put your heart in it. There is a reason you are having to go on stage or perform a speech in front of someone. If you are going to the front of the room to talk chances are you are doing so because you are in a class, job, or role you chose to take.
In this case, just allow yourself to become the character or personality of whatever you are presenting to your audience. Putting your whole self into it will help you forget about the people around you.
Remember, this is your chance to express yourself, entertain people, make a point, or teach somebody something. This could be your chance to make a difference in the world.
- Practice, practice, practice! This is in fact the most important step of your career or volunteer performance. Whether it is for the classroom or a performance hall you should do your best. You can do your best as long as you prepare your speech, performance, or part far enough in advance that you could (almost) do it in your sleep.