Who amongst us has not felt pressure at one time or another? Fear can indeed upset the best of plans as we all know it.
In Nerve, Taylor Clark explains the myths surrounding fear, stress and anxiety using extensive research cases and shows us a way to steady our nerves and increase confidence.
The way we perceive events leads us often to a "case of bad nerves". Uncertainty is in fact the one most stressful, even brutal, test military training agencies uses to teach their recruits resilience. Some recruits retain an amazing amount of mental clarity despite the psychological and physical abuse they experienced whilst others neurological response to the abuses is certain to see them fail.
Actors such as Laurence Olivier for i.e. described how his throat would constrict when on opening night, a sudden dread would take hold of him. Yet he learned to deal with the strife, never letting anxiety deter him from his calling.
Taylor Clark shows us that if we accept fear and anxiety, we can in fact live with it. He includes in his book an easy to follow list of advice and for more in depth help, a great suggested reading section in the back of his book is included.
If I disclosed more of course, you would not have to read the book. I can tell you however that breathing exercises is on the list and since I am a tad anxious myself at this moment, I will make use of it right now!
This is in no way a "let's fix quickly this" book but like most of us, I feel reassurance just knowing I am not alone and there is a helping hand for those nerve wracking moments!
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