Butterflies in the Belly

A Free handout for teachers

How do you feel when you get nervous?

  • Like there are butterflies fluttering around in your belly
  • You may feel like your heart is racing
  • Your hands might feel sweaty
  • Your mouth might feel dry
  • You may shake
  • You may feel scared or worried
  • You may feel like there’s a lump in your throat
  • You may feel like crying
  • You may blush
  • You may feel embarrassed or want to hide
  •  You may get a tummy ache


You may feel nervous… 

  • The first day back at school
  • Trying something new
  • The night before Christmas
  • Meeting new people
  • Going to the dentist
  • Speaking in front of the class
  • Performing on stage
  • When you’re about to go on a roller-coaster


Sometimes we may feel nervous If something feels wrong or someone is behaving in a way that doesn’t seem right. In this case, always talk to a parent or grown up you trust.


BUT when we take control of our nerves, they can help us. Instead we can use your nerves in a positive way!

Nerves can…

  • Give you energy!
  • Help you to focus!
  • Keep you awake and alert!
  • Improve your memory!


See 15 Tips for Dealing with Stage fright for a free list!


Article By R.K White


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