Face your fears and overcome the performance anxiety that you feel is holding you back with performance anxiety treatment via telehealth
Performance anxiety is a type of anxiety that arises when a person is in a situation where they are being evaluated or judged by others. This can occur in various settings, including work, school, sports, and public speaking. People who experience performance anxiety may feel excessively worried about their ability to perform well, and may feel physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, nausea, and rapid heartbeat.
Performance anxiety can be particularly challenging for individuals who work in high-pressure environments, such as executives, athletes, musicians, or performers. The fear of failure or negative evaluation can lead to a negative feedback loop, where the anxiety itself interferes with performance and reinforces the belief that one is inadequate or not capable.
Some of the common workplace sources of performance anxiety include:
Additional general sources of performance anxiety can come from family, friends, managing daily activities or responsibilities, including:
It is important to note that anxiety and performance anxiety is a common and natural response to stress and pressure, and seeking support from mental health professionals, colleagues, or loved ones can help manage anxiety levels.
Performance anxiety can feel different for different people, but it typically involves feelings of fear, nervousness, and worry in situations where a person is being evaluated or judged by others. Some common physical and emotional symptoms of performance anxiety include:
These symptoms can be distressing and interfere with a person's ability to perform at their best. It's important to seek help if you are experiencing performance anxiety to learn effective coping strategies and manage anxiety.
Performance anxiety can have a significant impact on a professional's work and overall well-being. When a person experiences performance anxiety, they may feel overwhelmed, stressed, and unable to perform at their best. This can lead to negative outcomes such as:
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It's important for professionals who experience performance anxiety to seek support and learn effective coping strategies. This can help them manage their anxiety and perform at their best in their job, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their career.
Recovery from performance anxiety involves a process of identifying and addressing the underlying causes of anxiety, and learning effective coping strategies to manage anxiety when it arises. The recovery process is unique to each individual, but may involve the following steps:
It's important to remember that recovery from performance anxiety is a process and may take time. With support and effective coping strategies, individuals can learn to manage anxiety and perform at their best in their job.
There are several strategies that can be helpful in managing performance anxiety. These include:
It's important to note that performance anxiety is a common experience, and seeking support can help individuals learn to manage it effectively and perform at their best.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapeutic approach that can be effective in treating performance anxiety. EMDR aims to alleviate symptoms of performance anxiety with a two pronged approach, by targeting and processing negative memories or experiences that may be contributing to the performance anxiety and desensitizing current or near future events that may trigger performance anxiety.
During an EMDR session for performance anxiety, a therapist will guide the client through a series of eye movements, sounds, or taps while they recall the traumatic or negative experience or current triggers associated with their anxiety. This process facilitates the brain's natural ability to process and integrate negative memories and experiences, as well as, desensitizing activating triggers, leading to a reduction in performance anxiety symptoms.
EMDR can also help individuals reframe negative beliefs about themselves and their ability to perform, such as "I'm not good enough" or "I will fail." The therapist can help the client distance themselves from and replace these negative beliefs with more positive and realistic beliefs, such as "I have the skills and abilities to perform well" or "I can handle any challenges that come my way." Click here to learn more about EMDR treatment.
Performance coaching is a process of helping individuals or groups to achieve their goals and improve their performance in a particular area, such as their career, personal life, or a specific skill. The coach helps the client to identify their strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement and then works with them to create a plan to address those areas. The coach then provides guidance, feedback, and support as the client works towards achieving their goals.
Performance coaching typically involves several stages, including:
Performance coaching can be used in a variety of settings, such as in the workplace to improve job performance, in sports to improve athletic performance, or in personal development to achieve personal goals. The coaching process typically involves regular meetings or sessions between the coach and client, with a focus on accountability, motivation, and goal attainment.
If you are struggling with performance anxiety, don't hesitate to seek help. A Virtual Therapy Clinic therapist can provide guidance and support in developing effective coping strategies and managing performance anxiety to prepare you for your next encounter. Whether you chose from EMDR to treat performance anxiety, performance coaching, or a combination, contact us today to take the first step towards recovery and greater success in your career, interpersonal relationships, or other.
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