Health Tip: Keep Your Head in the Game

Too much pressure takes all of the fun out of playing sports.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these relaxation techniques to calm during-game jitters:

  • Find a quiet spot to do some deep breathing. Take a deep breath in, hold it for five seconds, exhale and repeat.
  • Flex a muscle group and hold it for about five seconds, then relax and release it. Do this five times with different muscle groups.
  • Visualize a peaceful, relaxing scene. Picture all of the stress going out of your body. Try visualizing your success in the game.
  • Think positively, instead of dwelling on mistakes or losses.

Source: HealthDay

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