Stress comes in three forms, too much tension, too
little motivation/drive or just enough. The trick is to get the balance
right for you and for the particular situation.
For example, an athlete
might experience little or no drive to perform well before an event that is
perceived to be easy or unimportant.
That same athlete might experience
debilitating levels of stress and tension before an event that he/she
perceives to be highly important and very difficult.
So this athlete will need skills to relax him/her and skills to get
‘psyched-up’ which need to be used at the correct time.
There are a number of different techniques that can be used and
different individuals prefer different techniques, a few will be outlined
on the next pages.