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Challenge versus threat: The power of perspective

I recently wrote a blog post about the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques for performance anxiety, and how suppressing the anxiety may not be the answer for everyone. I am continuing my discussion of this topic with a detour into the physiology behind performance anxiety and how it is possible to tweak your … Continue reading Challenge versus threat: The power of perspective

Performance anxiety – suppress or embrace?

The idea of performance anxiety - butterflies, pre-race nerves, fear, dread, however you like to describe it - is aversive for many athletes. Admittedly, there is nothing instantly appealing about excess adrenaline and confidence-busting thoughts as you wait¬†to tee off, take a penalty, toe the start line or walk onto the pitch. Indeed, research supports … Continue reading Performance anxiety – suppress or embrace?

Running with my values: Staying focused on what’s important

I've decided to write about my track session from this morning with the aim of reflecting upon how tapping into personal values can be a way of staying focused and committed throughout training/exercise sessions. Following my recent return to regular track training, having been training erratically due to a hectic schedule, I decided to challenge … Continue reading Running with my values: Staying focused on what’s important

Are you self-critical? If so, read this.

How often do you find yourself despairing over mistakes you have made? Do you judge yourself in comparison to others?¬†When you fail¬†at something,¬†do you feel like a "failure"? If these seem familiar, you're not alone. The tendency to be excessively self-critical will vary a lot from person to person, but still it remains prevalent. I … Continue reading Are you self-critical? If so, read this.