Your best thoughts and decisions come when you are calm in the mind. When calm, you can handle complexity and conflict more easily. When not calm (i.e. stressed), the amygdala in your brain can impair your ability to think clearly and logically by triggering the release of the stress hormone cortisol.
You cannot predict or control all the things that happen in the world, but you can learn how to manage your reaction to them. First, accept the way you react. Don’t beat yourself up for being you. Instead, observe yourself, reflect on it, and then choose how you want to improve. Nobody is perfect and we’ve all got to start somewhere. Start with the end in mind: being calm in the mind.
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