Viral Nova posted 23 Genius Hacks for the brain the other day. Some of them were okay, but this one struck me:
18.) The physical effects of stress (increased breathing rate, heart rate etc.) mirror identically the physical effects of courage. So when you’re feeling stress from any situation immediately reframe it: your body is getting ready to do courage, it’s Not feeling stress.. A great example of cognitive reframing, researchers found that you do better when you appraise a stressful situation as a challenge, not a threatThe idea in all of them was positioning, cognitive reframing, different ways to look at our own lives and the world around us. One of the many interesting things that science has been working on in recent years is how thinking and action can go together. Then, how acting differently can get you to think differently. Cognitive reframing, in spite of the fact that it is a "brain hack" is, in reality a new way of acting as much as it is a new way of thinking.
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Which is why this one on courage and stress is so good.
Try it yourself sometime and see if it might work. No, I don't think it will necessarily make you super-brave or uber-courageous, but it will get you through some difficult times.