I was recently reminded of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It's a pretty great story and it contains the most important piece of advice one could ever receive, summed up succinctly into two words; don't panic.
Unfortunately I kind of have the tendency to panic. A lot. It's just in my blood. I panic about a lot of things but work is probably the most common one. Not to mention my problems in my driving last driving lesson all had one thing in common; I panicked. Panicking is pretty much one of the worst things you can ever do. I actually learned yesterday that panicking is one of the main causes of insomnia. See; what happens is that you have trouble sleeping one night and then you panic and get frustrated about it, and it leads to you having trouble again the next night. The cycle continues and before you know it you've driven yourself insane with panicking.
If you feel that you're panicking then it's time to take a step back and take a few deep breaths. Bring the oxygen in and flush out the stress. It sounds like new-age hippy bullshit but hey, it works. Can't argue with results. Keep calm and carry on and all that jazz. If you're going into hell then just keep going. Really we Brits don't mince words when it comes to not being a pussy. We know how to get shit done. Well, most of us.
I started panicking about work because I was running out of jobs I needed to get done. Then I went to bed and woke up as overbooked as ever. At least this time I have a bit longer to get everything done.
So don't panic, eh?