Edward Brown, author of “The Time Bandit Solution,” devised six psychotherapeutic exercises he calls “psychological martial arts” that can train the mind to defend itself against stress-related shutdowns.
1- Constructive acceptance: Create a mantra that will help you focus, e.g. the Serenity Prayer “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” to make the best of a tough situation.
2- Transcend the environment: Find a mental image that helps you get through stress.
3- Meditative relaxation: Center yourself on something other than what’s freaking you out, e.g. counting to eight during each inhale and exhale.
4- Positive self-visualization: Imagine coming through a tough experience in good shape, even just by having a photo of your family or friends within eye’s reach on your desk.
5- Counter punches: Anytime doubt creeps in, counter every nagging thought in your head with a mental counter punch of “Yes I can.”
6- Reprogram your computer chip. The way we react to stressful situations is something that’s engrained in us, so acknowledge these feelings.
These mind tricks might not seem like hard science, but they’ve worked for people for years.