What Laurie Hernandez Taught Us About Performing Under Pressure

Watching the Summer Olympics in Rio can be nerve wrecking, but just imagine what these athletes are going through. They have to perform their very best in front of dozens of cameras, thousands of people on the stands and millions watching on TV around the world–and what about the criticism that comes from social media? It can be an extremely stressful time, but  Laurie Hernandez still manages to blow us away with her performances, and she’s only 16!

 

How Does She Do It?

Calming your nerves when you’re in that much pressure can be a challenge within itself. Which is why we could learn a lot from watching Hernandez perform. Robert Andrews, Sports Psychology Consultant told Health how the pre-routine behaviors we saw her do prior to her performances are valuable tools that require the right mindset.