What you learn in this Book
The objective is not to completely eliminate stress or anxiety. This is something
we need to make clear right from the very start.
Believe it or not, stress and anxiety are actually useful emotions. Both put
the body into a physiological state of heightened arousal, attention and
awareness and can even increase physical strength and power.
When you’re stressed, you’re essentially ‘amped up’ and this makes you better at
completing physical tasks or reacting on the spot.
Psychologists have also shown that stress can be a positive motivating
force in the right circumstances.
Stress is what compels us to study for exams and what motivates us to save money
as a contingency fund.
Specifically, this type of stress is known as ‘eustress’ and is a very useful phenomenon.
The problem is that many of us have no control over when we become
stressed or when we get anxiety. This then in turn leads to us feeling those
emotions in maladaptive situations.
Being chased by a lion? Then yes, the fight or flight response as it is known
is exactly what you need.
About to give a big speech to a large audience? Then the same response
is going to make you look nervous and unconfident.
Likewise, it’s important that the stress response be appropriate to the situation
that we’re in. Being a little stressed in a crowd is normal – but having
such a powerful response that you end up having a panic attack and fainting
is a problem.
So our objective here is not to remove stress entirely but simply to learn to
control it, to hone it and to use it to our advantage.
That’s what this book is all about. This book will teach you to take control of
your physiology and your psychology so that you can experience the right
emotion when you need it.