Nervous Shaking

Information about Nervous Shaking

Popular singers and entertainers may appear to be relaxed and composed when in front of millions of people, but the truth is that everyone has some effect of insecurity such as nervous shaking.

Why we shake

An uncertainty of the unknown serves to be the ideal setting for an attack of nerves.  Whether it is a job interview, a presentation in front of a group of people or singing in the choir at church, all people have some situation that makes them feel uncomfortable.  Not knowing how people will respond, or how they will perceive what you have to offer can produce anxiety that can be exhibited in a number of different ways.  Some people may stutter, others may sweat profusely and still others may feel nauseous.  One of the most common symptoms of nerves is to shake.  A natural reaction to fear, shaking is caused when our muscles tighten and contract rapidly.  This warms the muscles, and may occur to loosen them in the event we need to run away from a perceived threat.

Even though speaking in front of an audience is not a dangerous event, our bodies react in the same way as it would if it were faced with danger.  The fear of being judged is a palpable one.  Most noticeable symptoms are a shaking of the hands and legs; constant tremors that would make it difficult to read from a piece of paper or to stand still, for example.   The voice can also be affected by this nervous reaction, trembling with each word spoken.

Taming the shakes

Although nervous shaking is a natural reaction, it is possible to control the condition.  First, consider the situation that is making you nervous, and compare it to the number of people who have traveled that road before you.  A job interview, for example, is a situation that occurs to thousands of people every day, and with no detrimental effects.  Sure, everyone does not get the job, but nothing bad or threatening occurs to them as result.  Second, focus on why the activity is making you nervous.  Is it possible that you are not prepared enough or otherwise ready to take on the activity?  If you know for certain that you are adept for taking it on, then reassure yourself by going over the skills and experience you have attained to do the job; a type of pep talk to yourself.

It is important to realize that nerves are not a symbol of inadequacy or illness.  Remember that symptoms of shaking, sweating or trembling are designed to help us and keep us safe; embrace those facts and then move on to the task at hand.  Concentrating on your abilities to perform the activity will inspire confidence in yourself to face the challenge head on.  It is generally the first few minutes of the activity that are the most nerve racking; think ahead to the middle of the performance when the nerves dissipate and you begin to relax.

There are tricks of the trade for most types of nervous situations, as well.  When addressing a crowd of people, some find it helpful to avoid looking directly into the faces of the audience.  Focusing your eyes at the tops of their heads or around the chin removes the personal aspect and allows you to concentrate on the topic itself.   Once your nerves are under control, you will relax and feel more comfortable and can begin enjoying yourself.

Being nervous is not a condition that is reserved for the average person; even the most accomplished of performers and entertainers get cases of the jitters just before they take the stage.  Fortunately, symptoms like nervous shaking can be controlled so that it does not detrimentally affect their lives.