`Nervous` Leona Lewis writes motivational messages on hand

Updated: Apr 26, 2010, 09:07 AM IST

London: Singer Leona Lewis has a unique way of calming her nerves before performing live onstage- she writes motivational messages on her hand.

The "Bleeding Love" singer admits she gets nervous before she performs but has learned little tricks to help keep focused and stop letting her worries get the better of her.

"I try to focus on what I`m doing. I get really nervous beforehand but as soon as I go out, I`m kind of OK," femalefirst.co.uk quoted her as saying.

"Something else kind of takes over and the nerves just disappear.

"I sometimes write stuff on my hands, like words from my songs or mantras or something I`ve read that really helps me.

"I think that getting up there and performing in front of thousands of people is like putting on a bit of a character," she added.