Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.
—Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.
We’ve all had that “sick” feeling before an important presentation. While excessive pressure can undermine your ability to perform well, there are techniques to help you to enjoy, rather than dread, these situations.
The “inverted-U” relationship between pressure and performance helps to explain why you can “go to pieces” under pressure. The sweaty palms, raised heart rate, and sense of agitation that you feel when you have to perform are the unpleasant side effects of the fight-or-flight response produced by intense pressure. Anxieties and negative ...