Arousal control
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Why arousal matters
Reducing arousal level
Raising arousal level
Arousal control strategy
Why it matters
Most models of arousal/performance relationships predict an optimum arousal level, a 'zone', where performance is highest. The one above is typical; with no pressure, nobody performs at all; with too much, we crash.
Sports psychologists have spent a lot of effort working out how to get into the Zone more reliably. It's not sorted yet, because people are so different and there are so many different factors to consider. But there is a pretty consistent general approach, and a set of tools that go with it.
Reducing arousal
Most problems revolve round anxiety control and arousal reduction.
Tools for reducing arousal levels and controlling anxiety:
  0 Relaxation
 Anxiety control
  Raising arousal
In archery, with little physical exertion and aggression, you can sometimes need 'pumping up' for performance.
Tools for raising arousal levels:
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 Arousal control strategy
The steps below represent a typical approach to anxiety and arousal control for competition.
Find out where your optimum arousal level is. You may already have a feel for this. If not, keep records of your mood immediately before competitions and your score afterwards. There are some well-established tests for mood state, but a simple scoring scheme will give you a fair idea.
Develop relaxation and warm-up skills to adjust arousal level. Check out the 0 Relaxation,  Anxiety control and  raising arousal pages for a bucketful of useful techniques to check out and apply.
Work out a 'mental warm-up' for competition that gets you into the right state of mind. Check out the  mental warm-up page.
Adapt your warm-up routine if necessary according to circumstances. Once you have a general warm-up routine, you can modify it to suit your actual mood; for example, by emphasising or adding relaxation or motivation elements of the routine.