Lots of sports action with Wimbledon on – and the prospect of some people under pressure getting the yips – failing through nerves. But there may be a simple solution? We’re used to athletes making trademark gestures – look for the left hand fist clench – it relieves the nerves.
Throwing – so important in cricket, netball, so many sports, is a uniquely human adaptation – and may have been responsible for our continuing evolution. We’re the only animal that throws with speed and accuracy. And that has made a big difference to our evolutionary path.
And exercise generally – it seems that it doesn’t matter what doses you get it in, as long as it adds up to 150 minutes a week – however you do it, it makes a difference.
A lack of sleep may ramp our brains up to excessive worrying – just another thing to keep people awake late at night.
And there is such a thing as food addiction. Highly processed carbs stimulate the brain involved in rewards and cravings.