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Worrying is a waste of time. Greet your anxiety instead.

It is human nature to ponder anxieties that do not exist. The mind is a fabrication machine, developing worries before they deserve any attention. Wrote Carlos Castaneda in [easyazon_link identifier=”0671732463″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Journey to Ixtlan[/easyazon_link]: “To worry is to become accessible… And once you worry, you cling to anything out of desperation; and once you cling you […]

Why we worry for no reason

We worry as a ‘preventative’ — to thwart any future stress. We try to control the situation with a surfeit of possibilities that we mentally prepare for, most of which never occur. “I’ve suffered a great many catastrophes in my life. Most of them never happened.”  Mark Twain Anxiety is a thinking problem that rides around […]

Serene in the moment

We are too close to right now, this present, stuck in the maw of anticipation that puts us under stress’s control. Anxiety is a thinking problem. It grows stronger in our attempt to control it while it tugs at the brain with fright. We need to give our nerves a day or two to calm […]

So what?

Instead of asking the typical fear-setting question ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’ instead persistently ask yourself ‘so what?’ So what if you didn’t get into the college you wanted? So what if you’ll never be famous? So what if you’ll never find a significant other? So what? Repetition dulls negative thoughts. Boredom hinders the loop […]

Outsmart your worries

You are not our thoughts. Thoughts are just thoughts. But you are your actions. How you determine what’s reasonable and worth doing versus what’s irrational and worth ignoring demonstrates the emotional strength of your thinking mind. As Eric Barker writes on his blog: You’re not your brain; you’re the CEO of your brain. You can’t […]

Habituate the fear 

Anxiety is both a contagious and fearful gift. However, more emphasis gets placed on its negative influence rather than its impetus for greatness By overcompensating for our fears, rehearsing actions that vitiate it, we preempt the tremors with the feeling of habit. Making art is an anxiety reducer, as is doing the dishes, running, or […]

Taming the restless mind

Our mind manufactures time. It fills the present moment with things to do so we don’t have to listen to each tick-tock.   Yet the ‘tension’ that arises from the time we shut our eyes until we fall sleep reminds us that we’re still alive.   Dreaming sustains the active mind and pauses time. The […]

‘The worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse’

  Worrying can be short-sighted and egotistical. FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a 21st-century problem driven by the use of smartphones. As David Brooks highlights in his article The Epidemic of Worry, ‘the worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse:’ “He doesn’t give out energy for the benefit of others. He absorbs energy at others’ […]

The Fab Five, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, the epidemic of worry, new tunes and more

Arts & Culture Twenty-five years after the Fab Five, big-time colleges still short-change their stars They never won anything but the Fab Five – the so-called greatest recruiting class of all time — broke fashion trends. They took after Michael Jordan and wore baggy shorts, shaved their heads, and replaced their white socks with black. […]

Save the worry for later

Instapaper your worries. That is, save them for later. By the time you come back to them, they’ll only be important if they’re still on your mind. Anxiety is a trigger, one that works to benefit you. You’ll continue to think about the exam if you do nothing about it. Studying builds up your confidence and reduces […]

“The map is not the territory”

The human head consists of a left brain and a right brain, each with distinct cognitive functions. The left hemisphere is known for processing logic and doing verbal and mathematical analysis while the right half excels in creativity and imagination, the visual stuff. But the left brain holds responsibility for how we react since it’s […]

Thin Slices of Anxiety

The troubled mind can turn doubters into doers. Anxiety is a tool for action, prompting us to do something about our nagging worries. The longer we wait to tackle anxiety, the more uneasy we get. Anxiety creates a fear that doesn’t exist. Yet we can be assured that there will always be some sort of change. Read […]

7 articles to read this weekend

Every Saturday I like to share 7 articles on art, creativity, productivity, and tech. Below are my recommendations from this week’s reading. 1. So what? Follow My Logic? A Connective Word Takes the Lead “So” may be the new “well,” “um,” “oh” and “like.” No longer content to lurk in the middle of sentences, it […]