Sunday, January 1, 2012
Now adrenaline in the right levels can be very useful for performing. The body actually responds to the pressure of performing as a do or die situation and responds physically the same way it would if you were in danger! Shaking and increased heart rate increase blood flow and work to warm your muscles, and can help prevent muscle tearing (as can an adequate warm up). Adrenaline also sharpens your focus and quickens your reaction time. But too much adrenaline and anxiety can actually cause mistakes, or just flip you into fight or flight causing you to balk at the curtain.
Things to avoid if you get overly anxious and jittery are stimulants, including caffeine. Personally, tea relaxes me, but I don't get very serious stage fright anymore. My most common stage fright symptom is a runny nose. I still can't explain that one.