When faced with a high-stress situation, our bodies instinctively go into “fight-or-flight” mode. But recent research has shown that if you can effectively regulate your emotions in these moments, you can actually move into a higher state of openness that invites collaboration, creativity, and thriving. Start by reminding yourself that a biological reaction to stress is totally normal, and direct your attention to any physical or emotional responses you're feeling. Is your heart racing? Do you feel a knot in your stomach? Next, recall previous times when you've made it through stress and uncertainty — this will provide some relief by reminding you that, regardless of what you're feeling right now, you will get through it. To ground yourself back in the present, set a mindful intention. Let go of your need to serve your ego, and remember your purpose in this moment. Finally, commit to the task at hand and trust the process. Understanding our biological reactions in high-stress situations gives us a path to follow; it is then our choice to walk this path or fight it.
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