Does being relaxed make you more nervous?

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Surely you identify with the sensation. The effort and the demand for wanting to relax leads you to a state of restlessness and despair.

We all know that to increase performance, being relaxed is essential. But sometimes, we confuse relaxation with other moods. So, we want to relax but we end up getting more nervous.

The more we want to relax, the more we activate the mind, the more we disconnect from the body and the less we relax. An excess of information deactivates the relaxation process, which implies simply feeling, being aware of what you are feeling, leaving your thoughts behind, in the background.

THE MORE YOU WANT TO RELAX, THE MORE YOU ACTIVATE YOUR MIND

Relaxation: no

Being relaxed is not just being isolated, because when the player feels isolated, he not only prefers to be alone, but also shows other behaviors such as becoming angry or easily frustrated.

An intense burst of energy is not a relaxation either. When we release energy, such as going for a run or hitting a box bag, we do not relax. We discharge tensions and let the energy escape instead of transforming it to our benefit.

There is a difference between being relaxed and being indifferent. Although both states may resemble each other, they are completely different. To be indifferent is an inauthentic relaxation that can confuse everyone, even the spectators or the player. Indifference is disconnection, with oneself and with the game.

BEING RELAXED IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING INDIFFERENT

Relaxation: yes

Relaxation is the harmony between the mind and the body. We can achieve this if we keep the mind quiet and focus on the body’s perceptions. Be calm, just feel. With this balance, the athlete reaches a state of calm reflection that allows him to see opportunities more clearly and solve problems more efficiently. The intellect becomes more dynamic and the potential emerges.

True relaxation supposes a real internal change and proposes to change the way we think.

Relaxation techniques are the means to think efficiently. Having access to quiet spaces is an excellent tool to maintain a clear mind and find peace.

Enjoying the training and the game is a sign that we are relaxed.

When we pay all our attention to what happens in each situation of the match or competition, we are calmer to solve the challenges that are presented to us.

Rafa Beltrán

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