One maddening tendency of any small electronic device is that whenever the battery is low, it wastes most of its remaining power beeping and flashing to tell you that battery is low.
Similarly, the human body comes with many self-defeating features. For example, whenever you’re low on oxygen — say, while trying to recover your electronic device from the bottom of a public pool — the body goes into panic mode, raises the heart rate, and burns away what little oxygen you have to work with.
The mind exhibits this kind of foolishness too. It has a cruel habit of misplacing its wisdom whenever you need it most. There are certain truths I really need to remember when I’m in a panicky state, which is exactly the time they are hardest to remember. You may want to bookmark these gentle reminders, because the next time you’re overwhelmed you will never remember them.