How to handle anxiety when under pressure?
January 11, 2012 11:24 PM Subscribe
How can you handle performing under lots of pressure? Is it possible to practice this? How can I get rid of my losing attitude and think more positively?
posted by cman to Human Relations (13 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Today I took my motorcycle riding test at the DMV and failed. It was through no lack of skill, as I had been practicing and could get through the thing no problem. Yet when the pressure rose and I was actually testing (one mistake and the test is over), I could feel my heart racing and I screwed up. This has happened to me in other situations: Sex, public speaking, an important mid-term, playing video games... Sometimes part of me expects to fail and then I actually do things to make that a reality. I can often overcome this by just practicing a lot, but that's not always an option. What can you do to overcome this or deal with it?