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Managing performance anxiety in couples: Techniques for boosting confidence

ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi
Oct 25, 2023 02:30 PM IST

Managing performance anxiety is vital for boosting confidence in various situations among couples. Experts reveal a list of effective techniques

Addressing performance anxiety is not just about boosting confidence; it's about nurturing a positive and fulfilling relationship with oneself and one's partner. Confidence is a skill that can be cultivated with practice, patience and a positive mindset.

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Managing performance anxiety in couples: Techniques for boosting confidence (Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels)

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Lalitha Palle, Founder of ForMen Health, talked about seeing an increasing trend of performance anxiety affecting men's sexual well-being and their relationships hence, suggested, “To address this, it's crucial to cultivate a holistic approach that combines both physical and mental strategies. First, open communication with your partner about any concerns can alleviate unnecessary pressure and foster a supportive environment.”

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She added, “Secondly, reducing everyday stress and adopting a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adequate sleep, can significantly enhance overall well-being, positively impacting sexual confidence. Lastly, seeking professional guidance and support from healthcare providers can offer tailored solutions and personalized interventions, fostering a path toward improved sexual health and overall quality of life. Simple counseling or usage of a few medicines/sprays/gels could also help in most cases. Remember, addressing performance anxiety is not just about boosting confidence; it's about nurturing a positive and fulfilling relationship with oneself and one's partner.”

Jasmine Arora, Clinical psychologist and Dr Rahul Chandok, Head Consultant, Mental Health and Behavioural Science at Artemis Hospital in Gurugram, revealed, “Effective techniques include thorough preparation, positive self-talk, relaxation through deep breathing, focusing on positive outcomes via visualization, and reducing physical tension through muscle relaxation. Mindfulness and meditation help prevent anxious thoughts. Setting achievable goals, seeking support from friends or mentors, and engaging in distracting activities can all alleviate anxiety. In severe cases, professional help from a therapist or counselor is a valuable option. By consistently applying these strategies, individuals can gradually build their confidence and handle high-pressure situations more effectively.”

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