Whether you’re lining up to race in a big meet or simply trying to overcome an obstacle in swimming lessons, nerves can build up and get the best of you. Feeling nervous before performing is not only an uncomfortable feeling, but can also negatively affect how you swim. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips on how to overcome the nerves and get into the pool feeling cool and confident!
Don’t Worry About Failing
The nerves we feel before getting in the pool often come out of fear of failing. However, it’s important to remember that there’s no reason to fear failure, as it is what drives improvement. Regardless of whether you win, lose, meet your goal, or miss your goal, you are going to learn from the experience and whether you succeed or fail isn’t something to be nervous about.
Break it Down in your Head
Often we build up things that make us nervous into something that seems larger than life, letting it get the best of our head space. In reality, it’s often something we are used to doing and have been practicing, such as swimming a few laps of the pool, using a new technique, or treading water. Once you break it down in your head as to what it is you’ll actually be doing, forgetting about any other factors such as an audience or grade, it won’t seem as intimidating.
Get Prepared Beforehand
Find ways that help you de-stress, unwind, and feel your best beforehand. This can include doing things like eating a nice healthy breakfast or warming up with a stretching routine to get your body and mind in a relaxed state.
Remember Why You’re There
Lastly, one of the most important t things to remember when nerves start to get the best of you is to remember why you’re doing it in the first place – because you love swimming! Don’t forget that the main goal is having fun and everything will seem a little less nerve-racking.