I watch baseball coverage year-round. I love the interviews, demonstrations, insights as to why numbers mean something. I heard a very interesting comment from a Hall of Fame pitcher that stood out, and it's stuck with me. He said that whenever he got into a jam in a game, he tried to slow things down in his mind and try easier. What he meant was that instead of pressing, adding more pressure to an already tense situation, he backed off, still concentrating fully, but more relaxed. Remember your training, trust your stuff, rely on your teammates to back you up, and do your best, he said.
I found that to be wonderful advice for anyone in any situation. It reminds me of The Andy Griffith Show episode where Opie is failing math and Barney stresses studying more and Andy eventually falls for it, pushes Opie to do better. Opie fumbles the football and gets down because the worry is affecting him. Miss Crump tells him it's okay to play ball, tells Andy not to become a hysterical parent. Andy balks at first, then agrees with her.
No matter what we do, whether it's writing, teaching, working through problems or schoolwork, when the climb to the top gets rough, relax. Try easier. You'll be amazed at the results.