In order to keep calm and carry on, “you must fight against your physiology – your automatic physical responses to the situation-which is very difficult to do”.
Research by social scientist Alison Wood Brooks, assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, suggests that people in fact perform best not when they try to relax, but when they take simple steps to get excited about the challenge at hand. When you feel anxious, you’re on the lookout for threats, but… “when you’re excited, it primes an opportunity mind-set, so you think of all of the good things that can happen. You’re more likely to make decisions and take actions that will make good results likely to occur.” [Harvard Magazine]
Next time when you feel anxious put this method to the test and try to make stress your friend, get excited!