Do you have anxiety while gaming?
If you feel nervous and worry about your performance while playing, you might have performance anxiety. Performance anxiety can be defined as:
“A tendency to see competitive situations as threatening and react to these situations with feelings of fear and tension.”
The negative feelings that come along with performance anxiety vary depending on factors like experience, competitiveness, social support, expectations, coping skills, etc.
This article helps you understand what happens inside your body and mind when you have performance anxiety and you will get effective tools for how to overcome the anxiety.
If you don’t feel any anxiety great for you. However, you can still benefit from reading this information.
How does it feel to have performance anxiety?
You might be concerned about losing the game or performing poorly in front of your teammates. It’s common to have negative thoughts when pressure is high and you know your teammates are watching you. The negative thoughts create a reaction in your body that gets you to feel various symptoms. Along with performance anxiety comes physical and mental symptoms:
Physical: trembling hands, breathing rapidly, increased heart rate, sweat, vision changes
Mental: negative thoughts, worry, fear, difficulty concentrating, anticipating the worst outcome
Anxiety before, during, and after competitive matches
When you start to think and worry about your performance, you limit your chances of success. Anxiety can come at any moment and ruin every enjoyable moment.
When the anxiety arises before a match it’s influenced by the amount of time before the start and is not directly impact your performance. If your anxiety is not controlled before the match starts it will keep you away from playing your best.
When you are in the game and anxiety starts to rise it is often influenced by the importance of the match, the current in-game situation, how well you know your teammates, and how you have performed so far.
If anxiety is present after the match has ended it will be influenced by whether you win or lose, how you perceive your performance and how much enjoyment you felt during the match.
Not all anxiety is bad
You are probably familiar with the increased heart rate after an intense clutch situation. This might feel uncomfortable and even frightening for someone. But it is not all bad.
The increased heart rate is a sign of adrenaline being pushed out into your body. The adrenaline makes you more alert which makes you think and react faster.