You’ve seen off the competition and played your heart out to land yourself and your team into the playoffs.
The excitement of what’s to come is reaching fever pitch and all of a sudden your self-belief comes crashing down and you are unsure if you can pull it back.
You are now questioning yourself, your abilities, and feelings of stress, and overwhelm begins to take hold.
At practice, you find yourself nervous and on edge, unable to get in to ‘The Zone’ where your game flows naturally.
One of the quickest ways to get your self-belief back into gear is to check in with your breath.
A technique called Ujjayi Breathing, if practiced for 10 minutes a day for one week, to begin with, will allow you to become calm and focused again.
- Inhale and exhale slowly through your nose.
- Now close your windpipe just enough to make a hissing sound as you breathe – you are regulating the flow of breath in and out of your body, using your windpipe like a hose.
- Focus on making your breathing smooth, easy, relaxed, and effortless – within minutes you will start to feel more physically and mentally relaxed.
Very quickly you will be able to use this technique to refocus, gain a competitive advantage over your opponents, and get back on the path to victory!
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