Your heart is racing, palms sweating, your cheeks reddening. Over and over again, you silently repeat to yourself: I’m prepared for this. I’ve practiced and I’m ready.
You deepen your breath, hoping to slow it down. You try to focus on the moment, keeping your thoughts as far away as possible from the series of worst-case scenarios building up in the back of your mind.
But no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to shake your nerves.
Does this sound like something you’ve experienced?
If so, then you’re definitely not alone. In fact, anxiety during situations like presentations, auditions, exams, and even first dates is incredibly common.
But there’s good news:
You can decrease the symptoms of your nerves by using propranolol, a not-so-secret technique that’s been used by the world’s top musicians, performers, speakers, executives, and more to block the symptoms of situational anxiety.
What The Heck Is Propranolol?
Propranolol, a type of beta-blocker, is a medication that was developed to help people with heart and blood pressure conditions.
But what does it have to do with pre-performance anxiety?
It blocks the effects of norepinephrine, or adrenaline, on the body, preventing shaky voice, racing heart rate, trembling hands, and other symptoms associated with the rush of adrenaline people can experience during situational anxiety.
Beta-blockers block your body from having a physical reaction and give you an edge over your nerves.
Yale Professor of Cardiology Dr. Robert Attaran says: “[Beta-blockers] will not eliminate the feeling of anxiety and fear, but they will reduce some of its symptoms. This can prevent a negative feedback loop in some performers, who will feel even more nervous if they notice they have a tremor, for example”.
Do These Things Actually Work?
Beta-blockers have been the go-to method for coping with nerves by top performers for decades. And many doctors say they regularly prescribe them to patients who have nervous symptoms in their way.
Stanford Psychiatrist Dr. Alex Dimitriu says: “Beta-blockers have been scientifically shown to minimize the shakiness, sweaty palms, and rapid heartbeat many of us experience before a big moment”.
A 2015 study by the Royal College of Music in London found that nearly three-fourths of classical musicians had used them, with 92% saying they’re the most effective treatment available.
Pop star Katy Perry has been quoted as saying she keeps them nearby before taking the stage.
Mozart in the Jungle author and professional musician Blair Tindall has long been a vocal supporter of beta-blockers, saying: “They’ve saved the careers of countless musicians”.
Y Combinator Founder Richard Nelson has credited propranolol with transforming him from a nervous wreck to a confident speaker: “Knowing that beta-blockers will block my symptoms increases my confidence that I’ll be able to deliver a good presentation”.
Are Beta-Blockers Right For You?
Prescriptions are not appropriate for everyone and individual results may vary.
Be sure to talk to your doctor to learn more about the possible side effects and potential benefits of propranolol and whether or not it’s right for you.
Beta-blockers are a prescription medication and cannot be purchased over the counter.
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