Do you typically get nervous when facing an audience or a final? For some people, the jitteriness, sweaty palms, trouble concentrating, racing thoughts and general overwhelm occur any time they’re about to perform.
Performance or test anxiety produces a variety of symptoms whenever you’re put on the spot, whether it’s giving a presentation, being on stage or taking a test. According to psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D, author of Find Your Focus Zone: An Effective New Plan to Defeat Distraction and Overload, these signs might include: procrastinating; being easily distracted or irritable; engaging in nervous habits like nail-biting; trouble sleeping, worrying about doing badly; and feeling paralyzed.
Here are six ideas on overcoming performance or test anxiety.
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