Helping your kid end sports anxiety…(right up there with helping adults with technology anxiety.) But hey, here you go!
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1. Understand our state is always determined by:
A. What we are focusing on
B. Our language about it (or the meaning)
C. Our physiology
These are always in our control.
2. As the adult, it’s great to create empowering MEANING to the situations that cause us stress and that stress our players.
Our players & kids pick up on our anxiety. Learn to create a habit of staying calm, happy, competitive, empowered…whatever lets you be who you want to be under pressure.
Share examples of top pros handling defeat like Michael Jordan in his famous quote about failure.
If you think it will help, share examples of professionals melting down on TV and ask which model they’d rather emulate. (Hey sometimes the passionate, base-tossing coach is hilarious.)
3. Also, it’s a appropriate to let your child honor his feelings when he’s upset. He may need time to connect with those emotions before he’s ready to change his state. It’s never our job to “fix” anyone!
I’m in your corner!
Gina Parris is internationally sought after for her insights on turning stress into strength. She gathered 20 of her favorite mental coaches to create the Mental Game All-Star Summit. Check it out and start learning from the best right here. MentalGameAllStars.com