All of us have the occasional super busy day filled with new experiences that make us nervous. Recently, I had one of those. Here’s what happened and how I took my own advice.
I had the opportunity to be interviewed about the book by a local TV show, called The 411. On my way to the station, I got on the wrong side of Interstate construction and could not find a way to get across. It was getting close to the time I was supposed to be there and I was starting to really get anxious. Finally I get to the building and park. I get upstairs and have to wait. That is nerve wracking. Then, I am the last of 3 people to be interviewed so I get more time to worry and fret about what I am going to say. By now, my Cortisol is through the roof. My mouth is dry as I am trying to look relaxed and answer the interviewer’s questions. Finally, I say how nervous I am and I do relax some. The producer says how well the interview went and I feel weak as I walk back to the car feeling the adrenalin wind down.
I go from one meeting to another the rest of the day and end by meeting friends for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra concert. As I was listening to Rachmaninov, I realized that this was a perfect end to my day. My left over stress from an unusually high stress day seemed to just melt off.