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If You Worry A Lot, Read This
The day that I decided to quit my last job and the day that I handed in my notice were almost 90 days apart. In those three months, I worried -- a lot. I decided to pursue my desire to become a full-time writer. But shit was getting scary.

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Stress and cortisol levels

No matter what kind of worry you have, the response in your body is always the same: It increases your cortisol levels.

Cortisol compromises your immune system. As a result, you will b...

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world." 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Turn Worry Into A Constructive Process

 Turn Worry Into A Constructive Process
  1. Use a note-taking app and create a new note. Name the note "Things that I worry about."
  2. List everything you worry about. Everything that you worry about goes on this list...

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Anxiety vs. Fear

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Mindfulness = anxiety antidote

Trying to push the worries out of your head is inherently problematic because to be vigilant about not thinking about something, your brain needs to keep it in mind. 

Mindfulness does the opposite by making you aware of your state of anxiousness.

Build the Mindfulness muscles

  • Acceptance: accept that the worries are here and stop trying to make them go away.
  • Attention: get out of your thoughts and focus on the world around you.
  • Labeling: When a worry pops up, label it as “a worrying thought.” It’s not you. Do not identify with it and don't let it overtake you.

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Worry

Worry is the cognitive part of anxiety, with it's repetitive and obsessive thought patterns in our mind. Worry is sometimes essential for us to solve problems or take action, provided we are not st...

Stress

Stress is a biological response(or a reaction) to external changes and forces beyond one's resources. Signs of stress include a rapid heart rate, shallow breath, and an adrenaline rush.


Acute stress or temporary stress is normal and even beneficial. Chronic stress is linked to health concerns like heart disease and a weakened immune system.


Ways to Handle Stress:

  • Exercise daily.
  • Focus your energy on what you can control.
  • Know that your stress response is unique to you.

Anxiety

Anxiety is the culmination of worry and stress. It is a state of body and mind which is stressed and worried for no apparent reason, like a response to a false alarm.

An anxiety disorder is an acute form of anxiety and a serious medical condition.


How to Handle Anxiety:

  • Curb your sugar, alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  • Calm yourself by deep breathing and refocusing on your body parts.
  • Distract yourself by listening to music or a little exercise.
Stress, worry and anxiety can be helped by regular exercise, a nutritious diet and an ample amount of sleep.

    Journaling as self-improvement tool

    The practical reason to keep a journal: To manage yourself. Most of us still see journaling as a hobby, something that we do for fun or to relax. Sure, those reasons might be true for some. Bu...

    The quality of your thoughts

    You truly get to know the quality of your thoughts when you write them down: how good of a thinker you are, how to make decisions and if they make sense, your goals, priorities, etc.

    Things to write about in your journal

    • Write about your activities.
    • Write about what scares you.
    • Write about your decisions.

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