Hey everyone, I hope you all have had a good week and an even better weekend. I know a lot of you are getting ready to have your Battle of the Books competition and I wanted to share a few things with you that I think might help if you’re a little bit nervous. You can use the tips I am giving you for whatever makes you a little bit scared.
- Get Enough Sleep the Night Before
Your brain needs time to rest and recuperate in order to be at its best. Try to go to bed on time or a little early the night before a competition so you will be able to remember all that you need to. Sleeping enough will make you feel refreshed and ready to do your best.
- Eat A Big Breakfast
If you are hungry you won’t be focused enough to be on your A-game and your whole team is counting on you to help them win. Try eating some bacon and eggs and toast before your competition instead of a bowl of Fruit Loops. You will feel full and ready to take down your competition.
- Do Your Best
I know you hear this all the time from your teachers and parents, but make sure you do your best in everything you do. The score does not matter if you did your best. You will lessen your worry if you walk away knowing you did all that you could do. Even if things don’t work out like you want them to, it is totally okay! There is always next time and you will get better.
- Don’t Be Intimidated By the Competition
Those other kids might look mean or scary or like they might know more than you do, but don’t let that fool you! Chances are that those kids are just as worried as you are. Everyone gets nervous about things that are important to them. I know when I have big swim meets I always try to talk to the girls I am swimming against to remind myself that they are human too, and a lot of times they tell me they are just as nervous about swimming a race as I am.
- Don’t Get Discouraged If You Don’t Win
I know everyone wants to win all the time, but unfortunately that cannot always be the case. If you won all the time, you would never learn anything new or do anything differently. You would be stuck in a rut and that wouldn’t be any fun. If you know how to use your loss to your advantage, you can come back next time and get that win because you will know exactly what not to do. You can only go up.
- Don’t Make The Other Teams Feel Bad If You Beat Them
I know it is really hard not to be overjoyed and think your team can never be conquered when you have a win, but don’t try to make the kids you beat feel bad for losing. Of course you deserve to celebrate your win, and make sure you do so, but don’t brag and gloat. Try showing good sportsmanship by telling them they did a good job! Chances are they really tried their best and it would make them feel better if the winning team acknowledged their valiant efforts. Who knows, you might just make someone’s day.
- Congratulate Your Teammates
Make sure you tell your team how fantastic they were! Thank them for doing their best, even if you don’t win. Your teammates have to share the win or loss no matter what, so you might as well keep spirits high.
I hope you all do well in your competitions that are coming up and I hope these tips help you out a little bit! I wish you all the best of luck and feel free to comment on any of these tips in the comment section!