Anxiety is Just Confused Excitement?
Your brain and your body can't tell the difference between anxiety and excitement. Your hormones and physiological response is exactly the same. Sweaty palms, butterflies, increased heart rate.
So if you are someone like me who has a tendency to be a little, or a lot, anxious from time to time, you can actually use this as an advantage to trick your brain. And it's super simple.
You just repeat to yourself, "I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it."
Seriously. Try it.
The book Super Better by Jane McGonigal visits this notion in her self journey to research the brain and recovering from trauma.
Our brains are not fixed. Even when we become adults, we can continue to mold and train our responses into ones that serve us better.
There is now an app that you can play that utilizes Power-ups, quests, bad guys and allies to make yourself "stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient" as well as a version to be SuperBetter At Work.