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Dear Dish-It: Help Me Calm My Nerves!

Nov 30, 2012

Dear Dish-It,

I’m going to be performing in The Nutcracker this weekend. It’s a really popular ballet, and it’s a huge deal. I’m super nervous. How can I calm my nerves?

Nervous Ballerina

Dear Nervous Ballerina,

It’s okay to be nervous. Anyone in your shoes would be nervous too. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do calm yourself down. They may seem obvious, but trust me, they work!

Practice

The best thing you can do for yourself is practice, practice, practice. The better you know your dance steps, the more secure you’ll feel going into opening night. Even try performing your part in front of an audience - such as your family, friends or class - just to get used to being in the spotlight.

Take Deep Breaths

There’s something to be said for deep breathing. It really does help to calm the nerves. That’s why so many people are into meditation these days. It helps relieve you of life’s stresses. Simply sit in a quiet place and clear your mind. Take a deep breath and then let it out slowly. Repeat this until you feel relaxed.

Everybody Makes Mistakes

Remember that no matter how important this performance is, it’s not the end of the world if you make a mistake. But the more you practice, the more your moves will become second nature, and the less chance you’ll have of making an error. This is a wonderful opportunity, so instead of worrying, just try to have fun with it. 

Have Your Say

Do you have any advice for Nervous Ballerina? Leave your comment below!

 

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First: WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T KILL YOUSELF! When you get past this you'll be glad. Well, this is just my opinion, but I think you should first find someone, anyone, even if you don't trust them, if there're your parents talk to them about it. I bet a bunch of people have already told you this but there're right. Before you walk up to them, write down what you're going to say and then think of a few questions they might ask and write down the answers to them. Remember to tell them that it might take you a minute to think of an answer. Before you answer, think of the exact words you will say  before you say anything, and think in your mind about it. Think about wether it is a lie or not before you say it. If it gets out of you mouth before you realize it is a lie, don't be afraid to say so and just say the truth. Also, just try to find something you like to do that will take your mind off everything. If you really can't think of anything, try just practicing saying your feelings to yourself, or a pillow or something.  Hope this helps!
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