Starve the Anxiety: A Breathing Technique to Reduce Anxiety

“I’m super nervous coach; what should I do?”
“Does being nervous help you?” I ask.
“No...well, kind of. I just want to perform well.”
“Then you need to starve the anxiety. When you dwell on negative thoughts, when you question yourself and all the work you have put into preparing for this moment, the more you delete the mental focus you need to perform at your best ability.”
“So what should I do?”
“Breath.”
 
Sitting outside a locker room with one of my athletes before the biggest game of her career to this point, we take a few breaths together.
Inhale.   1...2...3...4
Hold.     1...2...3...4
Exhale.  1...2...3...4.
Hold.     1...2...3…4.
 
We repeat this four times.
 
When you focus on your breath, you push out any other thought. Think of it as a mental clearing or a reset.
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