When you change your mindset about stress, you can change how your body responds to it. Kelly McGonigal imparts scientific proof that when you view stress as your friend, your responses to it become positive, rather than harmful.
Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there’s a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. “We all are going to fail now and then,” he says. “The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.”