I did a radio interview this past week. Leading up to it, I found it easiest to just not think about it. Because when I did: FREAK OUT.
I was worried about so many things. Saying something stupid. Saying "um" and "like" and "yeah" a lot. (I tend to end my sentences with, "so yeah.") Not knowing the answer to the question. Saying something that's just plain wrong. Forgetting my own name or the title of the book. Barfing. Okay, not that last one, but I did feel slightly sick to my stomach on the drive there.
My cure: a chill-out song. The entire drive to the radio station (which was about twenty minutes) I had this song on loop:
This song relaxes me. As soon as it comes on, I'm singing along, my shoulders swaying, and all the stress and anxiety magically melts away. Of course, as soon as I parked and turned it off, BAM. Anxiety-city. But that's okay because the interview went well and now I know I can do it (yay me!). But I'm thankful for chill-out songs like BUDAPEST that help take the worries away, at least for a little while.