Dealing with Nerves

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Tips and hints on dealing with nerves before you hit the stage

Dealing with nerves: Most people have to deal with nerves before heading on stage and they are perfectly natural. Dealing with nerves can make you feel shaky, a little nauseous and can cause a lack of focus and concentration.

Nerves are normal and help focus a performance so key is controlling your nerves and not let them take over you. Read on below for some tips on dealing with nerves before a show.

Dealing with nerves

The best way to deal with nerves is to be confident in the first place, having plasticised and performed so many times that its second nature it will reduce the amount of things that can go wrong.

More performance is the best way to build confidence and keep dealing with nerves but with practice to perfect the performance before any performance.  As always perform to friends, Open Mic nights, film yourself, ask for feedback first and analyse.

HOT TIP! Visualise your performance and go through it step by step. Begin by thinking about heading down from the dressing room and follow it through to going on stage and hitting those first notes, will help you to deal with nerves.

Call a friend

Who better to assist in dealing with nerves than your friends and family? It can help to talk over your issues and normalise and rationalise them. Plus, having a laugh helps with dealing with nerves in more ways than one.

A hearty laugh fires up and cools down the bodies stress response. In a similar way to exercise, laughter can cause a temporary increased heart rate and blood pressure which can lead to a state of relaxation and help dealing with nerves.

HOT TIP! Avoid caffeine as it can enhance anxiety. Instead try drinking herbal tea or some lukewarm water. Ice cold or boiling hot water can shock your vocal chords and make them close up.

Dealing with nerves

Walk away nervous energy

Walking for just ten minutes can help in dealing with nerves. Studies have shown that walking can help spark nerve senses in the brain to relax the senses. You may be wary of doing any physical activity before an event you are nervous about, but taking a ten minute walk even an hour before the event can help you feel more at ease.


For some people meditation can play a big part in dealing with nerves but it takes some practice. Find yourself a quiet spot, preferably away from other people and sit or lie in a comfortable position.

Close your eyes or focus your gaze on the floor and focus on your breathing. Feel the air fill your lungs and inhale and exhale to the count of three. Whilst in meditation mode, it’s important to let thoughts pass through your mind without judgement.

Remember, we are working on dealing with nerves here, try not to distract yourself with unnecessary thoughts. When you are finished meditating, after a minimum of ten minutes, open your eyes slowly and take your time returning to normality. It can make you feel very relaxed if done correctly.

HOT TIP! Dealing with nerves can be helped by listening to music especially classical and jazz music has been proven to lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone levels.