Hypnosis to better manage PERFORMANCE ANXIETY

Hypnosis to better manage PERFORMANCE ANXIETY


Do you or your child suffer from Performance Anxiety?
Therapeutic Hypnosis is a very interesting tool to help manage Performance Anxiety.


Understanding Performance Anxiety

Performance Anxiety is a common phenomenon characterized by intense and persistent apprehension when faced with a task or an activity where performance evaluation is important.
This anxiety can arise in various areas of life, such as work, studies, social or romantic relationships, sports or the arts.

Psychological aspects of Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety can trigger a cascade of negative thoughts and intense emotions.
Those affected may feel overwhelmed by fear of failure, fear of others’ judgment and doubt of their own abilities. They may set unrealistic expectations and put excessive pressure on themselves to achieve perfect results.

Physiological aspects of Performance Anxiety

Common physical symptoms include accelerated heart rate and palpitations, often accompanied by increased sweating. Some people experience shortness of breath, muscle tension and chest tightness, which can make breathing difficult.
These physical manifestations can aggravate anxiety and make performance even more difficult.

Performance Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Performance Anxiety in Children and Adolescents is a frequent reason for consultation for the Solutions Hypnosis team.

This refers to the fear of not living up to expectations or not performing at a satisfactory level, mainly at school, in sports or artistic activities.

Performance Anxiety can be caused by the child’s own high expectations, the expectations of parents or teachers – or what the child will interpret as such – social pressure, fear of failure, perfectionism, negative past experiences or a lack of self-confidence.

In addition to the symptoms already described, children with performance anxiety may present physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches and nausea, as well as emotional signs such as nervousness, irritability, crying, intense fear, self-deprecation or refusal to take part in certain activities.

This can affect self-confidence, self-esteem, academic performance, social development and participation in extracurricular activities.

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Consequences of Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety can have negative repercussions in both personal and professional life.

Difficult concentration and loss of productivity:

When a person is overwhelmed by performance anxiety, it becomes more difficult to concentrate and apply skills optimally. The negative thoughts and distractions associated with anxiety can interfere with actual performance, leading to reduced efficiency and results below one’s true potential.

Negative impact on self-esteem and self-confidence

Performance Anxiety can undermine a person’s self-confidence. Perceived failures or performances below expectations can reinforce doubts and negative beliefs about one’s skills. This can contribute to a decline in self-esteem, creating a vicious circle where performance anxiety feeds diminished self-confidence, and vice versa.


People affected by Performance Anxiety may avoid situations that trigger their anxiety, thus restricting certain opportunities in both their personal and professional lives.


Strategies for managing Performance Anxiety

If you suffer from severe Performance Anxiety, or one that interferes with your day-to-day functioning, particularly with panic attacks, it’s important to consult your doctor or a psychologist. They will be able to help you find the right medical or psychological treatment.

Set more realistic goals:

It’s important to be realistic about what can be achieved in a given timeframe, and to focus on steady progress rather than absolute perfection.
By focusing on effort and continuous improvement rather than end results, we can reduce the pressure to perform and foster an environment more conducive to personal growth.
A professional coach can help you with this.

Focus on the positive

Identifying and challenging negative thoughts and limiting beliefs linked to performance is essential. By replacing self-deprecating thoughts with positive affirmations and focusing on the positive aspects of your skills, you can gradually change your self-perception, boosting your self-confidence and encouraging a more serene approach to performance.
Particularly for children and teenagers suffering from Performance Anxiety, this means encouraging a positive, supportive environment, where effort is emphasized rather than results, and where mistakes are seen as learning opportunities.

Training and visualization of success:

Practice and repetition are key to building self-confidence. By training regularly, you become familiar with the performance situation and build your self-esteem.
Positive visualization, in which we imagine a successful performance, will also help boost self-confidence and reduce anxiety.

Stress management techniques :

Deep breathing is a simple but effective technique for calming the nervous system and reducing anxiety.
Taking a few moments to inhale deeply, focusing on the expansion of the diaphragm, then exhaling slowly can help soothe physical symptoms and induce a state of relaxation.

Progressive muscle relaxation involves the conscious relaxation of the body’s various muscle groups.
By contracting and relaxing each muscle group, we can gradually release accumulated tension and promote a state of deep relaxation.

Meditation and mindfulness are practices that enable you to refocus on the present moment, paying careful attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions.
These practices help to calm the mind, reduce stress and cultivate a more balanced mental state.


Therapeutic Hypnosis in the management of Performance Anxiety:

Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique designed to induce an altered state of consciousness in which the mind is more receptive to positive suggestions and beneficial changes.
It can be used to treat a wide range of problems, including performance anxiety.

The benefits of therapeutic hypnosis

Therapeutic Hypnosis can help reduce anxiety and stress levels, promoting a state of calm and mental relaxation.

In addition, positive suggestions under hypnosis will boost self-confidence and self-esteem by replacing negative thoughts with positive affirmations and reinforcing beliefs in one’s own abilities.

Last but not least, hypnosis can enhance performance by improving concentration and focusing on the task in hand.

How does a therapeutic hypnosis session work?

A hypnosis session to manage Performance Anxiety begins with a discussion in which the hypnotherapist gathers information about the person’s specific situations, triggers and symptoms of anxiety. This is followed by a clarification of the person’s objectives.

Then, during the induction phase, the practitioner guides the person into a state of deep relaxation and altered consciousness known as hypnosis.

During this state, positive suggestions and affirmations are used to reinforce positive beliefs and reduce negative performance-related thoughts. Visualization and relaxation techniques are also used to help the person feel calmer and more confident.

Finally, the person is brought back to a state of normal consciousness and will observe the changes in their daily life to fine-tune any subsequent work.

Combining Hypnosis and NLP

At Solutions Hypnosis, all our team members are also trained in NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming – a wonderful toolbox for accelerating change in people.
By combining NLP and Hypnosis techniques, the work of inner change is remarkably effective, while adapting to the individual’s pace.

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Do you suffer from Performance Anxiety and would like to try Hypnosis Therapy?

The entire Solutions Hypnosis team, in Montreal, Gatineau – Ottawa and by video, is here to support you.

Some members of the team will work specifically with children and teenagers – you can check their profile page to see if this is the case.

Depending on your situation and your goal, this may take a few sessions – or more if you want to work on self-confidence and self-esteem in a deeper way with your hypnotherapist.

Either way, you’ll soon know if you enjoy the hypnotic state and see positive results towards achieving your goals.

Make an appointment now to create the life you want through hypnosis!

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