Theatre: How to control stage fright

Hello all!

Today, I will show you how to control and overcome stage fright.

Stage fright is not an easy thing and can be very frightening. Stage fright symptoms include a racing pulse, rapid breathing, sweaty hands, trembiling of hands, knees, lips, and voice, dry mouth, nausea and an uneasy feeling in your stomach.

This is very serious and can seriously affect someone. So here are 6 steps to overcome stage fright:

  1. Choose a goal.
    The first step in overcoming stage fright is having your goal in mind. Whether it is a speech or a performance you want to have a clear intention about what you want to tell the audience. Try not to let your thoughts scatter and focus on that goal.
  2. Pick a focal point. 
    When you walk onto that stage, pick a focal point to send all your nervous energy towards. Stage fright is all a mental game. When you choose a focal point you are tricking your mind into thinking that you have let go of all your anxiety. Image result for stage fright
  3. Breathe intentfully.
    When you are nervous your breathing tends to get out of hand without you realizing it. The anxiety you are having is affecting your breathing and when you are nervous your breath tends to get faster and shallower. This is what you DON’T want to happen. Instead, breathe intentfully and allow a pause inbetween your sentences to focus on your breath. This will really help to get rid of your nerves.
  4. Release muscle tension.
    When you get anxious your body tends to tighten everything. This means our muscles contract and squeeze. Even your stomach gets tight and this is terrible for blood flow and anxiety. To get rid of this, try progressivley relaxing your body. This means start from the top of your head and release all the tension slowly, muscle by muscle, until you have reached your toes. Drop your tongue from the roof of your mouth and just relax.
  5. Tell yourself something positive.
    This goes with step 1. After you have your goal in mind encourage yourself. Remind yourself of something positive. This could be something simple like “You got this.” This will allow you to be proud of how far you’ve come and words of encouragement can really make your nerves cease.
  6. Use your anxiety to your advantage.
    Anxiety can sometimes be a good thing. If you look at anxiety with a different perspective, you can actually find that if you use your anxiety to pump yourself up your performance will go better. So, try this nextime.

 

Try all of these steps next time you have to do a performance or say a speech and remember everyone gets nervous so relax and you got this!