Stress & Anxiety

I’m Not Afraid of Dying—It’s Living That Scares Me

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on April 20, 2017 0 Comments
I’m Not Afraid of Dying—It’s Living That Scares Me

When I was in my teens I had a recurring dream. In it I was lying in a casket, recently deceased. My family and friends were gathered around, crying and mourning. You might think this was a nightmare, or at the very least, a very sad dream. But no, it was actually quite peaceful. I […]

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Don’t View Yourself as Flawed and Weak, But Rather as Persevering

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on February 16, 2017 0 Comments
Don’t View Yourself as Flawed and Weak, But Rather as Persevering

When I look back on my business career, sometimes I get down on myself. I remember situations that I could have handled better, and been more effective, if I didn’t suffer from such severe anxiety. I remember a meeting I had with the accounting department staff when I was CFO. In this executive position I […]

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The Fallacy of Perfectionism

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on December 15, 2016 2 Comments
The Fallacy of Perfectionism

Like many Type A’s, I have struggled throughout my life with the burden of perfectionism. It is a difficult taskmaster, I can tell you that. I think it will be instructive to relay my evolving attitudes toward perfectionism over the four decades of my adult life. I have tried many different ways to adopt a […]

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The One Quality I Wish I Had

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on October 6, 2016 0 Comments
The One Quality I Wish I Had

It seems no matter what wonderful qualities or gifts we’ve been given in life, we always want what we don’t possess—it’s just human nature. A beautiful woman wishes she were smarter. Some rich guy longs to also be famous. A brilliant scientist wishes she could be more sociable so she can meet the man of […]

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Replace Improbable Negative Thoughts With Realistic Positive Thoughts

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on May 26, 2016 0 Comments
Replace Improbable Negative Thoughts With Realistic Positive Thoughts

I came to the realization recently that the negative thoughts we so often entertain are usually extremely unlikely and improbable, and for this reason should be even easier to cast aside and replace with positive thinking. Our breeder had been emailing us weekly videos every Tuesday of the newborn puppies we were going to choose […]

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But For the Grace of God Go I…

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on January 21, 2016 4 Comments
But For the Grace of God Go I…

I do not know how to explain why God’s grace is offered to someone as unworthy as me. When my little doggie, Munson, needed to be put down a couple of weeks ago, I was devastated, as so many pet owners are when this fateful day arrives. We spend so much time with our little […]

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The One Simple Key to Achieving Harmony With the World Around You

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on December 10, 2015 2 Comments
The One Simple Key to Achieving Harmony With the World Around You

There is a certain rhythm to nature, life, the universe—everything progresses at a certain pace. If you are in sync with this cadence and tempo, then you will be in harmony. If not, then you will experience dissonance, which causes angst and frustration. I just discovered this the other day. I was driving along, tailgating […]

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Remind Yourself What You Once Loved About Your Job

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on September 17, 2015 2 Comments
Remind Yourself What You Once Loved About Your Job

There was something that initially drew you to your line of work. It might have been the basic nature of your personality, or possibly your goals and dreams for the future. There is an aspect of your job that once, and hopefully still does, bring you joy. For me, I went into finance because I […]

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Along With Positive Thinking, Strive for Peaceful Thinking

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on September 3, 2015 0 Comments
Along With Positive Thinking, Strive for Peaceful Thinking

As I discussed in my last post, optimism—being a “glass is half full”-type person—is a great way to be healthier and happier. However, I also believe that peaceful thinking is important to your emotional well-being. I have found that any sort of very extreme thinking or talk, whether negative or positive, can be harmful, since […]

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How Positive Thinking Can Literally Turn Lemons Into Lemonade

Filed in Stress & Anxiety by on August 27, 2015 1 Comment
How Positive Thinking Can Literally Turn Lemons Into Lemonade

Positive thinking, or an optimistic approach to life, has been much heralded over the last several decades, and for good reason. By allowing you to turn what could otherwise be a frustrating situation into one of peace and joy, positive thinking is a vital ingredient to a happy existence. I will provide a couple of […]

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