Anxiety is a thinking problem

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Anxiety is a thinking problem. It is a presence in flux, stuck in gear between looking backward and looking forward simultaneously.

To better cope with the onslaught of worry, we need stronger cognitive tools or algorithms to live by. We need some cognitive presets and habits to inculcate them.

For example, a basic tenet of Stoic philosophy is that ‘What’s outside my control is indifferent to me.’ Another way to step back is to realize that imagination is always worse than reality.

Pro tip: One of the ways I encourage people to get unstuck is to blog out their anxieties.  When it comes to blogging effectively, you have to be a little vulnerable. Don’t tell all but don’t hide everything either, especially if your advice will benefit the lives of other people.

What’ll make a more positive outlook stick are habits: meditation, journaling, and fear-setting. It’s these kinds of practices that reinforce beliefs like bicep curls for the brain.

It is no use to getting caught in the cycle of regret. Nor is it any use trying to look forward into a future we can’t control. The sooner we embrace uncertainty the more present we’ll be.

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