Going on an audition or standing backstage before a big performance can be nerve wracking! You may feel like your stomach is full of butterflies, your palms are sweaty and you can’t seem to catch your breath. While this is a somewhat normal reaction to the pressure, it’s best to get this under control fast! Today, I want to walk you through a breathing exercise that will help to calm your nerves before the big show!
1. Get Grounded -It’s important to plant yourself firmly when engaging in this exercise. Either sit in a chair with your feet on the floor or lay on the ground and all your head, feet and spine connect with the ground.
2. Relax – Make yourself comfortable and try to relax your muscles. Allow your limbs, hips, belly and chest to sink into the chair or floor.
3. Breathe – Inhale and exhale breath through your nose. Allow the warm air to pass through you at least 10 times as you start to feel a sense of calm.
This type of breathing helps to bring focus and clarity as you connect your mind with the body. It helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate while increasing circulation. These are key components to releasing stress.
Did this technique help? I guarantee that bringing awareness to your breath will make a big difference next time you feel a little stage fright.