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Managing the Pre-Show Jitters with Jono Blythe

Overthinking is a common experience for many performers. It is natural to want to do your best and ensure that your performance is a success. However, when overthinking takes over, it can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety that can negatively impact your performance. In this blog, we will explore the effects of overthinking before a performance and how to manage it effectively.

Firstly, overthinking before a performance can cause anxiety and stress, leading to a negative impact on your performance. When you overthink, your mind can focus on negative thoughts, leading to self-doubt and a lack of confidence in your abilities. This negative thinking can be counterproductive, as it can lead to mistakes during your performance.

Secondly, overthinking can lead to distraction and forgetfulness. When you are consumed by thoughts, you may forget important details such as the props or cues for your performance. This can lead to mistakes during your performance, further increasing anxiety and self-doubt.

So, how can you manage overthinking before a performance? Here are some tips that can help:

  1. Practice Mindfulness

One way to manage overthinking is by practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment and being aware of your thoughts and emotions. By practicing mindfulness, you can reduce the impact of negative thoughts and increase your ability to focus on the task at hand.

  1. Preparation is Key

Being prepared for your performance can help to reduce overthinking. Make sure that you have all the necessary props and equipment, and that you have practiced your routines enough times to feel confident in your abilities. This preparation can help to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety associated with overthinking.

  1. Positive Self-Talk

Positive self-talk is a great way to counteract negative thoughts and increase your confidence. Try to focus on positive affirmations and self-talk before your performance. Tell yourself that you are prepared, confident, and capable of performing to the best of your ability.

  1. Take Deep Breaths

Deep breathing exercises can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Take a few deep breaths before your performance to help calm your nerves and focus your mind.

  1. Focus on the Audience

Try to shift your focus away from yourself and onto the audience. Remember that you are performing for their enjoyment, and focus on entertaining them. This shift in focus can help to reduce self-doubt and increase your confidence.

In conclusion, overthinking before a performance is a common experience for many performers. However, it can negatively impact your performance, leading to stress, anxiety, and self-doubt. By practicing mindfulness, being prepared, using positive self-talk, taking deep breaths, and focusing on the audience, you can manage overthinking effectively and perform to the best of your abilities. Remember, preparation and practice are key, and once you are out there performing, relax and enjoy the moment!

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