health-news

Getting excited helps fight performance anxiety better than being calmed

Washington, Dec 24 : A new study has shown that people who tell themselves to get excited rather than trying to relax can improve their performance during anxiety-inducing activities such as public speaking and math tests.


"Anxiety is incredibly pervasive. People have a very strong intuition that trying to calm down is the best way to cope with their anxiety, but that can be very difficult and ineffective," study author Alison Wood Brooks, PhD, of Harvard Business School, said.

"When people feel anxious and try to calm down, they are thinking about all the things that could go badly. When they are excited, they are thinking about how things could go well."

Several experiments conducted at Harvard University with college students and members of the local community showed that simple statements about excitement could improve performance during activities that triggered anxiety.

Since both anxiety and excitement are emotional states characterized by high arousal, it may be easier to view anxiety as excitement rather than trying to calm down to combat performance anxiety, Brooks said.

"When you feel anxious, you're ruminating too much and focusing on potential threats," she said. "In those circumstances, people should try to focus on the potential opportunities. It really does pay to be positive, and people should say they are excited. Even if they don't believe it at first, saying 'I'm excited' out loud increases authentic feelings of excitement."

The study was published online in APA's Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

--ANI (Posted on 24-12-2013)

health-news headlines

'Severely infectious' bacterial strain can survive in contact lens solution

People undergoing weight loss surgery experience changes in appetite, taste and smell

Masculine boys and feminine girls likelier to engage in behaviors that poses cancer risk

Embrace daily massage to improve health

Internet use to ward off depression among elderly

BMI linked to postmenopausal breast cancer regardless of body shape

Protein crucial for sperm-egg fertilization discovered

Now, drug that combats measles and prevents virus from spreading

How memories stick together

Leeches can fix torn ear!

Oral drug holds promise to eradicate deadly measles

Period pain affects work of girls: Research

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top