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Worrying is an all-in-all bad deal, but it is difficult to stop ourselves using sheer willpower.

Certain approaches can help:

  1. Acceptance and commitment therapy(ACT) focuses on accepting the worry and not getting consumed by it.
  2. Mindfulness builds a positive force inside our mind and keeps us emotionally strong.
  3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) tries to change our worry and how it affects us using logic and evidence to counter its claims.
  4. Steady breathing or progressive muscle relaxation helps in putting the body at ease and reduces the grip of worry on the mind.
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.. is a disorder involving extreme levels of unstoppable worrying, for things that usually don’t come true.

GAD leads to lost energy and wastage of time, and in some cases, it actually manifests a negative outcome. It depletes our ability to think well and to concentrate, delaying any productive work or decision making.

Worry Does No Good
  • Occasional worrying is a natural mental activity, but some worry relentlessly and are emotionally overwhelmed, resulting in anxiety disorders.
  • Some believe that a moderate amount of realistic worry is useful and helps one prepare for upcoming problems.
  • To some degree, worry is beneficial, like during a pandemic, helping one take necessary safety precautions.
  • Chronic worrying has plenty of negative consequences, including manifesting into reality.

Catastrophizing is when people think that the worst outcome will come true and will have consequences that would be unmanageable or unsurvivable. We think worry helps us solve problems and cope up with negative outcomes, but the assumption is inaccurate.

Repeated worry has no benefits while incurring significant wear and tear of the body/mind, increasing psychological stress, and creating misery.

Epicureans developed the "Four-Part Remedy" to help them find solace and escape existential and spiritual pain.

  1. Don't fear God. Everything is just atoms. The afterlife will be nothingness.
  2. Don't worry about death. With no body, there is no desire, no suffering, no discontent.
  3. What is good is easy to get. Pleasure comes from basic biological desires required to keep us alive. Anything more complicated just creates pain.
  4. What is hard is easy to endure. We're seldom hungry for long.

Epicureanism is about a psychological shift that life doesn't need to be as complicated as we make it. We're just animals with basic needs.

We have the tools to satisfy our desires and the resilience to endure hardships. When that fails and we're dead, we won't care.

Four schools of ancient Greek philosophy

Ancient Greek philosophy consists of four schools, who each proclaim that they hold the secret to a happy and fulfilled life. These schools are Stoicism, Cynicism, Skepticism, and Epicureanism.

Stoicism forms the foundation of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Scepticism and Cynicism have become diluted. Epicureanism has a modern and easy to follow "Four-Part Remedy" to life.

Epicureans were materialists: They believed the world consisted only of atoms. There were no gods, spirits, or souls, no afterlife or immortality.

In the world of Epicureans, all there is to life is to get as much pleasure as possible and to avoid pain. The concern was with the higher pleasures of the mind. Pleasure does not come from pointless indulging but from decreasing desire to the bare minimum necessary to live.

Information is great and mostly positive, but it still has its limitations.

It can be helpful to research a possible disease you're waiting to hear back from your doctor. But knowing more may not make you feel better about it. It can make you feel worse.

Advertisers pay many websites based on how many page views they receive. The site owner's business plan is to get as many people clicking onto and within their website to earn more income. They don't care if they are providing value.

To use the Internet effectively, focus on websites and articles that offer genuine substance.

Social media is a stream

The information never ends.

To use social media effectively, realise that you can never catch up with all of it. Instead, partake in the conversation, then leave.

It is crucial to remain true to yourself and be the same person you're online and offline.

If you lie about yourself on social media, you lied about yourself. A lie online is still a lie. Don't be someone you're not.

The Internet can be a powerful tool for good or a terrible waste of time. The difference is if you are using it to create instead of consuming.

Watching endless videos on YouTube is consuming. Instead, write a blog, create a video, share your opinion of Facebook, or encourage a friend on Instagram.

It is remarkable that great minds produce fantastic content for free on the Internet.

Find the voices that you trust and enjoy. When you discover a content creator that is helpful to you and challenges you in positive ways, return to their work routinely.

Even if you disagree with it, not every negative statement about your diet, industry, religion, lifestyle, or political party is a personal attack on you.

Generally, it is more productive to let it go and move on with your life.

The Internet has become a platform for comparison. We can compare our homes' size, the model of our car, the vacations, even the food we eat.

When you see somebody living a picture-perfect life, remind yourself that nobody is living a perfect life. We use social media to show the story we want the world to see. Nobody is posting photos of themselves exhausted or bored on the couch, but everybody does it.

A great aspect of the Internet is that you can find any information 24/7. That also makes it the most dangerous.

Just because you can know what your ex-girlfriend is up to these days, who starred in that movie, what the weather is like in Barcelona, doesn't mean you need it or should find it. It may be much better to be in the moment.

Talk with your friends, sure, but if you want to increase your enjoyment of the Internet and life in general, steer clear of debating politics with strangers.

It's far too easy to make negative assumptions about a stranger's character or motivation.

Take time away from the Internet and do more things that make you forget to check your phone.

Anne Lamott puts it this way, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

Websites can be faked; reviews can be faked; identities can be faked; news can be faked; photos can be faked; videos can be faked.

Sometimes it is faked for fun, and other times people have really bad motives. Don't believe everything on the Internet. Verify it.

The design came from MGM director Cedric Gibbons. He thought to have a knight holding a sword while standing on a film reel.

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, in Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel. The nickname Oscar was only adopted for the statuette by the Academy in 1939.

Sidney Skolsky made the first documented use of "Oscar" as a nickname for the statuette in a 1934 New York Daily News article, but his assertion that he coined the nickname is still in doubt.

Many claim that during Walt Disney's Academy Award acceptance speech for Three Little Pigs in 1934, Disney referred to the statuette as his little "Oscar". It was then already a well-established nickname but the first time the name was used in a positive light.

The nickname "Oscar" for the Academy Awards

In 2013, the Academy Awards were rebranded as The Oscars.

A popular theory is that the nickname for the statuette was coined by Margaret Herrick when she said that the figure looked like her Uncle Oscar.

Sophrosyne is a way to feel more in control of one’s emotions, leading a life of moderation, calm and self-control.

  1. One can practise mindful moderation and avoid indulging in unnecessary consumerism. One trick is to delay any purchase for a few days/weeks and then reconsider the decision.
  2. Practise journaling, meditation and breathwork to consciously cultivate a calm mind in this chaotic world.
  3. Practise self-awareness and self-control to consciously build up self-governance and being in charge of your own life.
Sophrosyne: The Greatest Virtue

Sophrosyne is the epitome of the most desirable traits of one’s mind and character. It is defined by ancient Greeks as the greatest virtue, describing a sound mind, refined character, self-control, temperance and moderation.

Today’s complicated and often chaotic world requires a person to shun the hubris mindset (extreme pride, arrogance and self-confidence) and move towards sophrosyne. This fourth cardinal virtue is the union of self-knowledge and self-restraint.

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