The Worry-Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You - Deepstash

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Stress and worry

  • Much of your incessant worrying is due to an overabundance of stress-related chemicals in your body.
  • Since we're no longer chased by wild animals, or chasing them down for meat, these stress chemicals stay built up in our bodies and keep us in a state of constant worry.
  • The biochemicals related to this state of worry and stress can only be alleviated by engaging in vigorous activity.

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Five different brainwave frequencies that correspond to different states of being

  • The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells called neurons that use electric pulses to communicate with each other. Depending on what you’re thinking, feeling or doing, these pulses create brainwaves of different frequencies.
  • To better understand your brain, you should know that it can switch between five different frequencies, depending on what you’re doing. The five brainwave frequencies can be measured in hertz, or cycles per second. These waves are called delta, theta, alpha, beta and gamma.

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The brainwave frequencies

  • Delta (0-4 Hz): Occurs in deep sleep and is extremely useful for growth and regeneration.
  • Theta (4-7 Hz): The frequency of deep relaxation, and is often reached in the moments after we wake up from the deep sleep.
  • Alpha (7-12 Hz): It is a conscious and calm state that allows you to regain energy.
  • Beta (12-35 Hz): A bright and attentive state. It's good for the kind of focused attention you need for getting some work done.
  • Gamma (35-70 Hz): The sought-after state of flow exists, characterized by a blissful state of peace.

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To quickly calm your mind, engage your peripheral vision or take a walk

  • The key to cultivating a worry-free mind is to redirect your focus away from the things that trigger worry and stress.
  • One of the best ways to refocus your attention is to use peripheral vision—keep your attention locked straight ahead, but notice what’s to the left or right edges of your vision.

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Future thinking can improve your outlook on life by changing the way you question the future

  • When you spend all your time worrying, you're blocking any chance of happiness, not to mention wasting energy that could be used to make a brighter future.
  • Future thinking is about looking forward with positivity and seeing opportunity rather than problems.

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Memories can have a negative impact on your present and future

  • If we keep thinking about a certain memory, we can get stuck in that emotion.
  • When we get hung up on a past regret, it also prevents the mind from focusing on creating new and better emotions in the present or recognizing opportunities for a better future.

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By asking the right questions, we can identify the sources of our worries

  • First, identify the precise trigger by asking yourself probing questions, such as “Is it certain people that make me worried or fearful? Or is it a specific type of place?”
  • The second step is to get closer to your feelings. Do this by asking questions such as, “Is there a physical discomfort associated with my worries?”
  • The third step is to ask yourself, “What do I need to do to rid myself of this feeling?”
  • Finally, there are four feelings that you can keep in mind to refocus your mind and reduce worry: curiositylustcare and play.

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With meditation, you can synchronize your brain in alpha frequency and thereby sustain a clear, worry-free mind

  • When you’re overcome with worry, you want to be ready with the steps you can take to start calming yourself down and feeling better.
  • The best way to do this is to synchronize at least part of your brain down to the alpha frequency. When this is achieved, a clear mind will be your new normal, and worries will be an infrequent and controllable part of life.
  • The ability to synchronize the human brain to alpha was first demonstrated in the 1960s by Les Fehmi.
  • In the 1970s, Anna Wise and C. Maxwell Cade, found that meditation led to an increased amount of alpha frequency in the brain.

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Final summary

It’s completely natural to worry from time to time. But it’s a problem when your life is controlled by fears and anxieties. Fortunately, there are ways we can calm our mind and get some relief. The brain is very capable of falling into patterns that constantly promote stressful thoughts. But we can add new patterns to our daily routine, and, before long, change the negative into a positive.

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The Worry-Free Mind takes a close look at why we spend so much time worrying and what can be done to reduce these worries. Having a stressed-out mind may be part of being a human being, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to better control your thoughts and emotions. Here are some tips and techniques to take control of your mind and live a happier life.

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