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Managing Jitters

Thoughts of the week

“Managing Jitters”

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It’s natural to get the very nervous before an important event such as sports final, job interview, difficult conversation, getting married etc. Some symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Feelings of panic
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Lethargy
  • Upset stomach

These are natural responses to any type of anxiety and very normal, especially when the specific event causing the stress means a lot to the person in question.

Everyone has different ways of dealing with this, our recommendations are as follows:

  • Practice – Whatever it is, try to play it over in your head, act it out, run it through, rehearse by whatever means necessary
  • Body language – Force yourself to have positive body language leading up to the event and put yourself through some “power poses” (standing in a posture you mentally associate with being powerful) when alone.
  • Visualisation – Envisage yourself achieving whatever you have set out to. Think about how it will feel when you succeeded.
  • Exercise – In good time prior to the event to destress, rest your body and clear your mind.
  • Bananas – Believe it or not these have a great blend of tryptophan, potassium, and beta-blockers which help to calm nerves.
  • Avoid caffeine – Any additional stimulation to your nervous system won’t help.
  • Breathing and meditation – With so many different techniques recommended and multiple apps viable to assist, sitting in a quiet place, closing your eyes and focusing on your breath for just few minutes can work wonders in relaxing your body and mind.
  • Smile – Even if you don’t meant, pretend you do. Sometimes people won’t even realise you’re nervous if you try not to act like it.
  • Give these a try next time you’re in this situation. Many of our sports, business and lifestyle clients practice these techniques daily prior to performing…

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Exercise of the week

Profiling | Fitness testing | Reactivity | Options
  • RSI stiffness
  • RSI drop jump 

Find out more about this here

Recipe of the week

Southwestern breakfast cups

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  • Spoon full fat natural yoghurt into a bowl (we used FAGE total)
  • Roughly chop up a banana into bite size pieces on place on top of yoghurt
  • Drizzle a small amount of natural honey on top of banana
  • Sprinkle a dusting of cinnamon on top of honey
  • Serve as in picture

Find out more about our nutrition plans here

Training song of the week

Hypersonic Misiles – Sam Fender

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