Do you ever find when you are dancing - and concentrating hard on it - you are worried you will make a mistake? Or it's for a medal - that you get extremely stressed?
Sometimes people will realise that they were holding their breath while dancing. They were that stressed.
If you do, then the good news is that you can resolve this the same way you can resolve stress and anxiety in any situation.
One technique I have used in the past is visualising. Simply doing my best to imagine the situation so that I can induce the stress. Once the stress is induced, I keep imagining the situation while reminding myself to relax. I might also work on recalling things that I need to remember - the routine for example. As I do this a number of times - you can do this anytime and at many places - I am less stressed. I have found that while this does not remove all stress of the event, it does limit the stress considerably.
If you find that this is not enough, then try something more serious.
This is a weekly meditation and hypnosis session run online by a childhood friend of mine - https://www.facebook.com/groups/465533241019768 - it's free and you can make suggestions about what each session focuses on. I might even see you at one - I do them when I can. You will learn all sorts of things about controlling your thoughts and feelings. And that can help with more than just dance.
All the best until next time
This blog is written by the staff at Destine Dance and is inspired by the questions and challenges faced by our students