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Do You Usually Feel Nervous Or Anxious Before An Important Event?

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In this session, we will explore the signs and impact of performance anxiety on both your professional and personal life. If you often feel nervous or anxious before important events, you may be experiencing performance anxiety, a common condition that can affect anyone. It's important to recognize when it's affecting you and address it accordingly. Join us to learn more about managing performance anxiety and its effects.

What Is Performance Anxiety?

Performance anxiety, also known as stage fright, is a type of social anxiety that occurs in situations where a person is required to perform in front of others. This can include public speaking, presentations, job interviews, or any situation where you feel you are being evaluated.

Signs of Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety can manifest in various physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms including:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Nausea or stomach discomfort
  • Fear of failure
  • Negative self-talk
  • Avoidance of performance-related situations

Impact on Your Professional Life

In the workplace, performance anxiety can have a significant impact on your ability to excel in your role. It may lead to decreased productivity, missed opportunities for advancement, and strained relationships with colleagues. As a result, it's essential to address performance anxiety to ensure your professional growth and well-being.

Impact on Your Personal Life

Performance anxiety can also spill over into your personal life, affecting your confidence and overall mental well-being. The fear of judgment and criticism can create barriers to pursuing personal goals, engaging in social activities, and overall enjoyment of life.

Managing Performance Anxiety

There are several strategies that can help you manage and overcome performance anxiety:

  1. Preparation: Thoroughly preparing for the event or task can help alleviate some of the anxiety. Practice your presentation or interview, familiarize yourself with the material, and visualize a successful outcome.

  2. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Incorporating mindfulness practices and relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can help calm your mind and body, reducing the physical symptoms of anxiety.

  3. Positive Self-Talk: Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations. Remind yourself of past successes and your capabilities.

  4. Seek Support: Consider seeking support from a trusted colleague, friend, or mental health professional. Sometimes, talking about your fears and receiving encouragement from others can provide a much-needed confidence boost.

  5. Panda Resources: Take advantage of Panda's digital group sessions, assessments, and content focused on managing anxiety. These resources can provide valuable insights and coping strategies to help you navigate through performance anxiety.


Performance anxiety is a common experience, but it doesn't have to hold you back. By recognizing the signs, understanding its impact, and implementing effective strategies to manage it, you can overcome performance anxiety and thrive in both your professional and personal life. Remember, you are not alone, and there are resources available to support you on this journey.

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