According to the Wikipedia article, "Arthur C. Clarke said Douglas Adams' use of 'don't panic' was perhaps the best advice that could be given to humanity."So, there's today's other mantra: "Alert Mind, Calm Body"
But I am panicking. Because HOLY BLEEPING BLANK, BATMAN, I REGISTERED FOR A SPRINT TRIATHLON!!!! Yes, the one I've been mentioning, the "See Jane Tri". They posted the registration form on their web site; I printed it, filled it out, wrote them a check, and put it in the mail this morning. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
*Ahem*. Okay, I'm fine now. Really. Now I've just got to put my mouth where my money went and train for the darn thing. Oh my....
I will be using this phrase a lot, alternating with "DON'T PANIC." This is the phrase used in the technique "Quieting Reflex." Our HR director sent this to us the other week (she learned it during her time as a flight attendant and has used it often since). It seemed like a good thing to try:
"The QR is a six second technique used to elicit a state of alert calmness....The technique attached was adapted from the book and is most effective when repeated regularly throughout the day."
I found a link to the text of it here: "HC Tip 437: Quieting Reflex"