Ski courses to help combat anxiety seem to be in short supply. I’ve had some thoughts about this on practical ways you can help increase your self confidence. If you take it a small bite at a time!
The level of anxiety felt by skiers is a function of many influences, and one of them is how near to yourself are you looking? How far beyond your ski tips is your focus of attention?
I think it’s a two-way thing. If our perceptions of our situation make us anxious, then we tend to focus our eyes nearer and nearer to our ski tips. At the same time, the nearer to our ski tips we look, the less relaxed we become. It’s a positive feed-back loop.
I can remember being on a skiing course with Sally Chapman donkey’s years ago when I was learning. While static she got me to very closely examine the tips of my skis – every scratch, every dimple. Took ages. Then she said – “Right! Now you know what they look like, stop inspecting them as you ski!” My daughter does show-jumping for fun and says her trainer says the same about her horse’s ears ! Continue reading