I Can't Handle Pressure

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 166 People

    Everybody keeps saying

    that I'm just being a wimp, or I need to work harder, or I'll get over it with practice. But they don't understand. While other people do better in high pressure, whenever I'm in it, everything becomes impossible. Even simple tasks are 100 times harder if I'm being timed or...
    EcrivainInquiete EcrivainInquiete
    22-25, F
    Sep 3, 2014

    This is so true for me.

    Like when I do laps in swimming, for instance, I can feel myself gliding with the current and swimming with ease. Then there's sprints. Ugh. My times are just so... disappointing :((( It's even worse in competitions. I can only hope that this won't last my whole life time.
    justsomerandomgirl03 justsomerandomgirl03
    13-15, F
    Aug 9, 2015

    I'm so nervous. I don't do well with pressure.

    At all. So much that it's depressing. And to make matters worse, we're going to start debating soon in one of my electives. I cannot debate! :( I send my best wishes to those who freak under pressure as well. Wish me luck~ :)
    Kivaria Kivaria
    16-17, F
    Apr 25, 2014

    This next week is going to be

    so tough at work. I am the youngest person there and am basically being thrown into the deep end.. I don't think I can do it. In my line of work, mistakes can be a very very big deal. I can't speak up, I don't know what to do. I'm dreading going to work, I'm scared and I know...
    thissworld thissworld
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 24, 2015

    Yes and No, People On At Me, C...

    Yes and no, people on at me, constantly, nagging me, bugging me, that gets me. Having to do something, having no choice in it, I struggle with that, especially when I feel pressurised to do it. On the other hand, with things like work and essays, I cant do them until I am under...
    Tesse Tesse
    18-21, F
    Feb 22, 2008


    I really don't understand how some people blossom under pressure- they can create their best work or come come up with the most brilliant ideas. I CAN'T DO THAT! If the deadline is tomorrow i start getting butterflies in my stomach today.  Do you know...
    Candita Candita
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 1, 2007

    From hero to zero, that's what one of my friend

    called me. I 'got something only to loose it later. i can't stand even the slightest pressure. I was a very good writer that can write 4 pages in one hour, now in 4 hours i can hardly spew one page. I really fear i will end up with nothing in life. right now i am presented...
    hatemymum hatemymum
    18-21, M
    Jun 15, 2015

    It looks as though I still can't handle

    pressure very well. Especially when I'm tired, things seem so much bigger than they actually are. I apologize to those I've confused and/or hurt. I've "applied" to leave EP, due to someone badgering me the other night. If ya'd like to forgive this idiot and want to e-mail...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71
    41-45, M
    1 Response Apr 25, 2014

    I don't handle pressure well, but at the same time I work best under pressure. Doesn't make sense, I usually get through until it's over, then I fall apart second guessing what SHOULD have happened vs what actually did.
    FeelingCrazy FeelingCrazy
    2 Responses Feb 22, 2008

    Just Back Off...

    If people would let me work at my own pace, they'd love the outcome. Rush or push me into something and I just lose all genuine interest and even question why I even bothered in the first place. Chill the heck out, please.
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman
    31-35, F
    4 Responses May 3, 2008

    Smile When the Pain Comes

    I Can handle a lot of Pressure and Still keep my composer. This past Week in a half My Life has been Nothing but High Pressure Stress. My Head At times Felt like it was Going To explode. But I managed to Keep my Humor, Positive Thinking. I didn't know How Long I could smile and...
    matthewsmommy matthewsmommy
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 15, 2008

    Some People Need Pressure..

    I can't handle it. I start crying, I can't concentrate, I'm getting more and more frustrated. It's the reason for so many bad marks, so many times it made me cut myself, it made me do stupid things, it makes me cry, it makes me scream. It's the reason why I failed the driving...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Sep 28, 2008

    My parents have the tendency to constantly make

    me feel low. This isn't a "ah I hate them" sort of thing because I do love them but why do parents do this thing where they compare you with other people. So much pressure that my brain is going to blow up, so much pressure that I want to give up.
    lifecanbebeautiful lifecanbebeautiful
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 7, 2014

    Is There Something Wrong With Me

    I finally got a good job. at my 90 day review they told me i make too many mistakes . mistakes cant be made because its dealing with peoples eyes at an eye clinic. just the simple fact that i knew that, made me make mistakes. why when something is important it freaks me out to...
    tikishorts tikishorts
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 10, 2009
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