MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — So many times, the Good Question team gets turned down for interviews. Often, people say it’s because of nerves.
And nerves can get the best of news people, too. Remember a few weeks back when a BCC interviewer fumbled through an interview with actress Mila Kunis? He told her, “Seriously, I’m petrified,” before launching into compliments about her beauty.READ MORE: Daunte Wright Shooting: Gov. Walz Says He Won't Extend Curfew, But Local Governments Have That Option
Nervousness manifests itself in so many different ways, and it had WCCO viewer Beth Neil wondering: Why do we get nervous?
James Stolz, a licensed social worker who specializes in anxiety, said it’s actually good to have some level of nervousness.
“Nervousness…is what keeps us from walking into the street with our eyes closed,” he said.READ MORE: MN Providers Advised To 'Pause' Distribution Of Jonson & Johnson Vaccine Until Review Of Rare Blood Clot Cases
The feeling begins with your hypothalamus, and your adrenal and pituitary glands.
“When we get nervous, when we perceive a threat, that system goes into action, and it causes hormones and chemicals to be produced; and that causes us to feel a sense of anxiety where our breaths become shorter or our chest tightens,” he said.
People are born with different kinds of fears, like public speaking.
“Often times, they’re perceiving themselves as not as good at it,” Stolz said.MORE NEWS: Derek Chauvin Trial, April 13 Live Updates: The State Rests Its Case; Defense Begins To Call Witnesses
However, people can conquer some of their nerves by confronting their fears. Stolz recommends physical activity, deep breaths, visualizing success and counting down from 10.