Thoughts of the week
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:
- Feelings of panic
- Rapid breathing
- Increased heart rate
- 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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Recipe of the week
Southwestern breakfast cups
- 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
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