There are a number of anxiolytic skills a person can learn to manage performance anxiety that are much more effective in the long-term than taking medication. Evidence-based mindfulness strategies can be honed by any individual including children. Some skills are listed.
One-Mindful: strengthens one's ability to focus.
Participate: use of guided imagery and positive self-talk to perform despite self-consciousness.
Distract with ACCEPTS: uses multiple steps to manage anxiety that can last throughout days or weeks.
Self-soothe: guides preparation for the unavoidable situation that will create worry; an additional benefit is that it can be employed during the performance.
Pros and Cons: this is not the simple pros & cons list your mother taught you. This pros & cons is quadrant and motivates performance in the moments the person freezes. This prevents the "deer in headlights" response. It is best for adolescents and adults.
PLEASE: allows the person to get ahead of nervousness and worry by altering hormones and brain chemicals with nutrition.
IMPROVE: very personal to the individual; thus, this takes a longer time to develop. However, once honed, it is quite effective at managing anxiety long-term. This is best for adolescents and adults.
Assessment tools can be administered to measure anxiety throughout the practice sessions and the performance.