Competition stress gets to everyone. Not just the athlete, but also family and even close friends. The environment you are in does not make it any better.
[Picture adapted from photo by David W. Carmichael (http://davecskatingphoto.com)]
I originally wanted to phrase this as "avoid stressful situations" but that is not always possible. Moreover, avoidance is not the best solution. Instead, you need to
This is not the time to listen to naysayers. This is not the time to worry about whether you should have put a double Sal in your program ~ just because others have it. This is not the time to second-guess what your coach has planned out for you.
Work on what you have.
Make your program the best you can.
Focus on your strengths.
Train hard ...
... and the results will follow.