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  • Writer's pictureOllie King


Calming your nerves before an event or race can be challenging, but with the proper preparation, you can help yourself get into the right frame of mind for performance. Here are five tips to help you achieve this.

Create a playlist: Listening to music can be a great way to help you get into the right mindset. Choose a playlist that you love and that will transport you to a focused place. This could be anything from energetic music to help you get pumped up to calming and soothing tracks to help you relax.

Be around the right people: Surrounding yourself with people who don't stress you out or hype you up is critical. Find people who support you and who you feel comfortable being around, whether that's friends, family, or a coach.

Focus on enjoyment: Instead of focusing on the outcome, try to focus on the enjoyment factor of the event. Think about the challenge, the excitement, and the fact that you're doing something you love. This will help remove the pressure and make the experience more enjoyable.

Look after your body: Eating well, staying hydrated, and doing a light workout on the day of the event can all help you feel your best. Good nutrition and hydration will ensure you have the energy and focus on performing at your best.

Remove the failure element: Accept that things will sometimes go wrong, and that's okay. Be honest, own any mistakes, and review them after the event. Remember that you can only learn by doing and that often, it's only by making mistakes that you'll improve.

In conclusion, calming your nerves before an event or race is about finding the best for you. Whether it's creating a playlist, being around the right people, focusing on enjoyment, looking after your body, or removing the failure element, these steps can help you get into the right mindset for performance. Good luck!



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