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Thursday, July 05, 2020

Stress-busters: How to worry less and live more

Today’s world creates anxiety like never before. It’s time to fight back.

I have to start this article with a confession. For most of my life, I have been a world champion worrier. I was able to worry about almost anything. And, if I didn’t have anything specific to worry about, I would worry that I must have missed what I ought to be fretting over. The workplace, of course, provides an endless menu of possible sources of worry, which is why it’s often so stressful. Anxiety produces stress and stress produces anxiety. They feed off each other, making a perpetual motion machine of worrying. If anything good can come out of all that anxiety, it might be this: my experience-based ideas on how and why to quit worrying so much.
Most worriers believe that they either must worry (they have genuine reasons to do so), or that they cannot stop themselves, even if they see it doesn’t make sense. Let’s begin with understanding the causes of worry and whether it might be of some use. Until you are convinced that worrying is of no benefit to you, you won’t give it up anyway.
If you’re now convinced that worrying offers no benefits and considerable drawbacks, let’s consider some ways to give it up.



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Comments:
Kurt Vonnegut did not deliver the speech you are quoting. The piece was originally written by Mary Schmich.

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/vonnegut.htm
 
Thanks, Dan. I've changed the post accordingly.
 
I can't remember the movie I saw this in but it really put worrying in perspective to me. While waiting for some event, the neophyte asked the hero, "Aren't you worried?" To which our hero replied, "You can worry if you want, it doesn't solve anything but it does give you something to do while you wait."
 
Thanks, JKB. Nice quote!
 
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