Difference between Worry, Stress & Anxiety

  1. Worry is the cognitive component of anxiety. It happens only in your mind, not in your body. 
  2. Stress is a physiological response connected to an external event. It is a reaction to environmental changes or forces that exceed our resources.
  3. Anxiety is the culmination of stress and worry. It has both - a cognitive element (worry) and physiological response (stress).
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1. Understand what you can and cannot control.

2. Stop comparing with others (and their stress areas)

3. Exercise

  1. Measure time with people who matter (instead of focusing on likes/comments to posts)
  2. Measure commitments honoured (over outcomes expected)
  3. Measure what all you have (over what all you don't have)
  4. Measure what you give (over what you take back)
  5. Measure experiences (over goals)

1. Push for action

2. Write down the causes and potential solutions

  1. Make a list of all skills adjacent to existing skills
  2. Tag them based on "what you are curious about?"; "what skills have optimum ease of learning-challenging to learn?" and "what skills are useful for growth?"
  3. The skills that are at the intersection of these 3 categories are the ones to target, for learning and growth. 

1. Have structured distractions like listening to music, talking a walk, sketching. 

2. Limit stimulants like alcohol, sugar etc.

3. Toe exercise

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Immediate-return environment: your actions instantly deliver clear and immediate outcomes. 

Delayed Return Environment: the choices you make today will not benefit you immediately. If you save money now, you'll have enough for retirement later. 

Many of the problems humans worry about are problems of the future.

The Goldilocks Principle

Just like the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, where the preferred porridge has to be neither too hot nor too cold, and the preferred bed has to be neither too soft nor too hard, we have to find our sweet spot which has the right amount of stress, anxiety, challenge and thrill, while not being paralyzing or life-sucking.

Demanding jobs carry with them worry, stress and anxiety, but not having anything to worry about in a job is also detrimental to our well-being.

Negative thought patterns

The function of the brain is not to keep us happy. The function is to protect us from possible threats.

Our brains create "what if" scenarios of what could go wrong. Achievers are familiar with the brain's stories it tells itself that may increase anxiety. Identifying these patterns is a vital step in reducing anxiety and reclaiming inner peace.

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