Your brain is divided into different sections. Your primal brain is responsible for survival, drive, and instinct. This is the part of the brain that kept humans alive throughout the time of the caveman and allowed them to evolve to how we are today.
The primal part of the brain is still VERY active, and VERY powerful. One of our primal needs and instincts is to be accepted as part of the community. Back in the distant past, if we were cast out of the tribe, your fate was doomed to death as a result of no food, shelter or protection. And subconsciously we remember this…
We all have a great desire to be liked, loved and accepted. For the singer, the idea of being rejected by a whole audience of people, is unbearable. And to the primal brain it means death. LITERALLY. It is no wonder nerves, performance anxiety and stage fright are so common among singers.
Now of course, we know that death is not REALLY going to happen. But the primal brain doesn’t have the ability to discern. That’s why you have what is known as your frontal lobe which is responsible for planning the future, judgment, decision-making skills, attention span and inhibition.
Use Your Mind To Overcome
Performance Anxiety When You Sing
When I work with singers as a therapist and coach, one of the most important parts of overcoming nerves, performance anxiety or stage fright is by stopping the primal brain from taking over, and giving the steering wheel back to the frontal lobe - which is a much calmer, easier and safer place to be in general.
So how can YOU do this? Let me share 3 simple techniques you can use to help calm yourself when you sing.
Emotional Stress Release (ESR) For
Singers & Performance Anxiety
Emotional Stress Release is a simple but powerful technique you can use to quickly calm your nervous system if you suffer from performance anxiety when you sing.
It simply consists of putting your fingers or your hand on your forehead like in the image here below - you’ll notice that his is an action you naturally perform when under stress. Look familiar?
So ask yourself the question - why is it that this is a universal physical action we take when we are stressed?
Well it’s because it has a really important function to play. Your hands and fingers carry a lot of electrical positive and negative charge (that’s why you can get electric shocks from people, lifts or escalators).
When you place you electrically charged hands on the forehead you bring energy and blood flow to your frontal lobes, located just behind the forehead. Your frontal lobes are responsible for planning, strategies, logical thinking and figuring stuff out.