There was once a navy jet pilot who was terrified at first when landing his aircraft on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
“Everything was in motion,” he said. “The ship was tossing up and down, the waves were moving, the airplane was moving, and trying to get it all to move together seemed impossible.”
An old pro gave the young pilot some advice that solved the problem. “There is a yellow marker in the center of the flight deck that always stays still,” the veteran told him. “Always line up the nose of the plane toward that mark and fly straight toward it.”
That’s pretty good advice for coping with stress. Always have a goal—a “mark” to work toward—and keep your eyes firmly fixed on it.
Tip: When in stress, focus on your goal, and your anxiety and stress will immediately diminish.