You’ve probably heard people talk about getting “in the zone” before. But, have you ever wondered how you get in the zone when you aren’t in the right headspace?                                                                                             

Learn to breathe
How you’re breathing or not breathing can have a big impact on your every day life. Learn how to control your breathe and you might just have more power over your body in the next stressful situation you encounter. 

Set intentions
A common way of learning to meditate is learning to set an intention for your meditation. An article by The Chopra Center explains setting intentions is similar to goal setting, but then elaborates on the importance of leaving these intentions to the universe. By learning how to set your intentions for meditation you might be able to transfer this skill to other areas of your life.   

Get out of your head
You’re not alone if you tend to get lost in doubts and stress before performing in an event with high expectations. Take the time to clear your mind and have a bit of peace from your worries.  

Create a routine
Learn the art of sticking to a routine in a manageable dose. Start meditating regularly, and improve your workouts with the new discipline you have created. There’s no replacement for practicing something routinely, so get in a good habit to help build your mental fortitude, focus and manage stress. 

Practice perseverance
Meditation isn’t as easy as it sounds. Odds are, you won’t be able to completely clear your mind on your first go. Keep trying to let your worries fall away so that you can achieve the calm of mind you desire. Work on your staying power in a low stress environment so that you have more practice when the stakes are more stressful.

Deal with disappointment
No matter how hard you try, you can’t control everything - and that’s OK. Meditation is a great way to learn to deal with an outcome you are less than trilled with, and to remember to have pride in the fact that you tried.