When was the last time you felt really nervous? In a contest, recitation in school, job interviews, or going up in stage perhaps? Have you ever noticed certain habits when you start getting nervous?
Being nervous is just normal. It does not necessarily mean you are a coward when you feel it. It refers to anxiety, psychological uneasy state of mind characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components according to some researches. It takes a lot of courage to face that kind of anxiety that’s why people have certain habits on how to overcome nervousness.
Here are some habits or body languages people do when they get nervous. Which one is yours?
1. Nail biting. People usually do this when under pressure, uneasy or worried. Some would enjoy biting their nails until they start to feel calm.
2. Twitching. To make a slight, sudden movement that is not controlled or deliberate.
3.Crossing arms/legs then uncrossing them. The arms and legs can also be useful in conveying nonverbal information. Crossing the arms can indicate defensiveness while crossing your legs is most often the result of a defensive, closed or otherwise discomforting emotion.
4. Lip biting. Many people bite their lips when they feel anxious, nervous or when a feeling of something erroneous arise.
5. Stuttering. To speak or utter with a spasmodic repetition or prolongation of sounds.
6. Fidgeting. This is the act of moving restlessly. A result of nervousness, agitation, boredom or a combination of these.
7. Hands in the pockets. Studies revealed that when someone becomes unsatisfied with his self-image, he puts his hands in his pockets. This also shows lack of self-confidence and being uncomfortable.
8. Mumbling with words. To speak words indistinctly, as by lowering the voice or partially closing the mouth. It usually happens during recitations in school or any public speeches.
9. Playing with hair. This is an indication of being nervous or in having low self-esteem. Hair twirling may be a comforting action to tense and anxious people, and may become habitual especially with recurring stressful situations.
10. Squirming. To squirm is to wiggle or fidget especially when things make someone uncomfortable.
What habit do you have?
JEANE MARIE M. FAMINOGAN
LNU ABCOM INTERN