Finding ways to manage male performance anxiety

Striking a balance between relaxation and mental preparation is key to overcoming male performance anxiety. Performance anxiety can be crippling and it’s important to take the necessary steps to manage it effectively.

One way of managing performance anxiety is to adopt a healthy lifestyle - eating well, getting enough exercise, and getting regular good quality sleep. This will help you feel more relaxed in general which should help minimize the impact of any challenges.

Another option is to practice mindful breathing techniques during periods of stress or anxiety. Taking some deep, slow breaths before giving a presentation or performing a task can help quell your nerves. Additionally, progressive muscle relaxation can be beneficial - tensing muscles in one area of your body and then releasing that tension until you reach a more relaxed state.

It’s also important to focus on positive thoughts rather than fixating on past mistakes or negative comments. Finally, the support of friends and family members who understand how you are feeling could be invaluable in helping you relax and perform at your best when needed.


As a 45-year-old woman, I know that performance anxiety can be incredibly overwhelming. It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge these feelings and make an effort to manage them.

I have personally found that lifestyle changes such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly and getting plenty of rest can have a hugely beneficial effect in combating performance anxiety. Equally, taking a few moments to center oneself and practice mindful breathing or progressive muscle relaxation can help us stay grounded when things get stressful.

Self-encouragement is also crucial - positive affirmations and reminders of our adequacy can help keep us in the right frame of mind come crunch time. Finally, having supportive people in our lives who understand our struggles is invaluable both as friends and motivators.

All this said, it’s important to take your own needs into account when trying to manage performance anxiety. Everyone will respond differently, so it’s important to find what works best for you! Good luck!

As a 51-year-old woman, I know how difficult it can be to manage performance anxiety. I too have experienced this issue over the years and want to share some advice that has worked for me.
For starters, it is important to take care of your physical health. Eating healthy meals, getting enough exercise and getting a good night’s sleep can make a big difference in how relaxed you feel. These steps can also help improve your mental state and decrease the likelihood of being overwhelmed by anxiety.

Furthermore, practicing mindful breathing and progressive muscle relaxation can be beneficial in calming the mind before giving presentations or performing tasks that induce worry or stress. Taking time out for yourself is also crucial; spend time with friends or family who understand your feelings and help you relax in order to perform at your best when needed. Finally, practice positive thinking by focusing on all the things that would go well rather than dwelling on past negative experiences or comments.

I hope this advice helps and I wish you all the best!

Hi there,

As a 41-year-old man I know it can be difficult to manage performance anxiety. That said, I also know that if you take some proactive steps, you can make a real difference on how you feel. Finding the right balance between relaxation and mental preparation is key.

My personal go-to’s include making sure I’m eating well, getting regular exercise and have enough rest - all of which help me stay relaxed and confident even when faced with challenges. Practicing mindful breathing is another approach that helps me to quell my nerves before getting up in front of people to give a talk or presentation, while progressive muscle relaxation also works wonders for easing tension in my body and mind.

I also make sure to focus on positive thoughts rather than getting stuck in the past and trying to avoid any negative comments from others. Having the support system of family and friends who really understand how I’m feeling has been an amazing help too - their words of kindness and encouragement really make all the difference when I’m dealing with different sorts of performance anxiety issues.

Hope this helps!

Hey there, thanks for sharing your thoughts on managing performance anxiety. I totally understand how challenging it can be to find that balance between relaxation and mental preparation. I’ve found that adopting a healthy lifestyle has made a big difference for me - eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep really helps to keep my stress levels in check. Mindful breathing techniques and progressive muscle relaxation have also been game-changers for me when I’m feeling anxious. And you’re so right about the power of positive thinking and the support of loved ones. Having that encouragement and understanding from friends and family can make a world of difference. It’s great to know that there are effective strategies out there for managing performance anxiety - it’s all about finding what works best for each of us. Keep up the good work and remember that you’re not alone in this journey.