2015 hasn’t really kicked off the best way, with me catching a cold that put everything I have to do this month on hold, and then stressing and freaking out because time is running out. But since I don’t want my blog to turn into a wailing wall, I thought I’d share some videos that have inspired me lately.
First, The Truth about Personality. This is a TV episode that explores the science behind what makes people more pessimistic or optimistic. Using some of the latest cutting-edge technologies, presenter Michael Mosley proves that it is indeed possible to change your mind, through cognitive bias modification and meditation. The episode also discusses the role genes and environment play by sharing the stories of identical twins.
Next, something that I have been finding useful when I feel stress turning into those creepy anxiety symptoms. It’s about changing your perspective on stress. Instead of thinking that it is bad for you and it is slowly killing you, think about how wonderful it is that your body gears up to adapt to a stressful situation or event, preparing you to fight or flight in case there’s a threat. I think to myself, “I’m prepared to fight, I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior, I can do this.” It’s about letting stress empower you instead of crippling you. But the video explains it better than I do so take a look.
Finally, empowerment through body language. I’ve been using this technique as well for some time. I did it before my job interview in October and generally when I have to speak in front of more than three people (I hate speaking in public). I take a moment to myself and practice a more confident posture. I don’t turn into Superwoman, but I find that I feel a little less insecure. For people who always perceive themselves as frauds even if they don’t have reasons for it this might seem strange and unnatural at first, but after some time you’re wondering why you haven’t done this all your life. Fake it until you become it.