You might have experienced a time when you were so tense that as your effort increased, your performance dropped. This is because the stress of the situation prevented you from getting into the Zone.
You can use a technique called Combat Breathing when stress or tension prevent you from being in your Zone.
Here’s how to do it:
1) Get into good posture by aligning your spine and stretching yourself upward. You can be lying down, sitting in a chair or standing. Then relax your muscles.
2) Do a scan for tension in your body and then focus on that area while you take a slow deep breath. Think about “letting go” of the tension as you exhale. (It might take a few breaths to get an area like your shoulders or forehead to release and relax).
3) When you feel you have addressed the tense areas, start taking controlled breaths. (inhale for 4 seconds, hold it for 2 seconds, and then exhale for 6 seconds).
If you practice combat breathing every day, this exercise will become automatic on the day of your race, game, or performance.
The information and advice provided in this program is intended to assist you with improving your performance, as well as your general health. It is intended to compliment your training plan and not instead of guidance from your coach. It should also not be used in place of advice from a doctor or for treatment or diagnosis of any specific health issue. By participating in this program you assume any risks, and that you release Impactic Sport from any responsibility or claim relating to such participation.