Most swimmers are well aware of the need to prepare properly before any race. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t suffer from some pre-race anxiety. In fact, this is fairly common in the swimming world. You’ve invested a lot in your practice swimsuits and racing swimsuits and now it’s your time to shine. The following tips will help you deal with some of that anxiety so you can focus on performing your best.
Writing isn’t a strong suit for everyone, but it doesn’t have to be in order to be effective. If you are able to write about your feelings regarding your next race, chances are you will be able to work through them more easily.
It’s easy to eat, sleep and breathe swimming when it’s something you love, but this can unfortunately create more anxiety. This is why it’s often recommend to spend time focusing on other aspects of your life with the exception of while you are swimming, as well as about 15 to 20 minutes prior to your race.
During the time period when you allow yourself to think about your swimming, it’s important to visualize yourself doing well. This will help your brain focus on the proper movements to ensure you perform your best when race time arrives.
Lean on Your Support System
There’s no shame in leaning on others to help you get through the time prior to your races so you can feel more relaxed. Trust in your coach, your teammates and your family and friends to keep your mind on other things outside of race time and help you find ways to relax so you can approach every race with less anxiety.
Stay Off the Phone
Today’s society sees a lot of people spending a significant amount of time on their phones, particularly with social media. This should be one of the things you give up close to race time. It can be easy to focus too much on other things, which can shift important brain space away from your performance.
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