My anxiety is only getting worse

I have always had anxiety... It shows through when I speak. When I speak I get choked up and nervous and I can't speak in front of my class without breaking down and crying

I don't know why this happens

I was never bullied, yet I've always been so afraid

But not when I sing! Whenever I sing, I'm not nervous at all. I do have a wonderful voice, as people have told me, and when I sing people actually listen and pay attention, the opposite of when I speak... But lately I've become nervous of singing as well

I'm afraid that in the future I may not be speaking at all

If I've become afraid of singing and speaking... What am I supposed to do?

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  • First of all, be confident in your singing persona. You are confident in your singing voice because others have appreciated it and you know that you sing well. You know the music by heart. You have no reason to be anxious.

    Secondly, it may be that you are anxious about public speaking because you do not know the material or the topic. The answer is to study the topic so you know it hands down. When you know that you know the material this gives you confidence because you cannot be tripped up by a lack of knowledge. It may also help to read up on public speaking or joining Toastmasters.

    Lastly, we are all anxious about things we don't know so to assail the beast become proficient in that aspect of yourself that causes this ill feeling. Head the beast head on and like in the musical, The Sound of Music,be confident in comfidence.

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