Nobody likes anxiety. Your heart might beat too fast, your brain races toward terrible places, and you feel uncomfortable. However, in an article over on the Wall Street Journal, several psychologists suggest you might have an anxiety sweet spot where you're motivated, but not too anxious.
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It's probably no secret to most of us that anxiety is a driving force to get things done. Finding that sweet spot between energising and debilitating is tough though. Psychologist Jason Moser offers this suggestion to stay in your sweet spot:
Anxiety is especially self-defeating when people focus on the fear itself, rather than the task at hand. The best way to stay in the "sweet spot", Dr Moser says, is to channel the anxiety into productive activity-like studying and acing the test.
Other suggestions include embracing the anxiety in order to diffuse fear, and motivational interviewing to decrease stress. It's important to keep you anxiety level low and not fret over everything, but a little bit can also be a great motivator.
Anxiety Can Bring out the Best [Wall Street Journal]