0-40 The Internaliser
Worrying is a waste of time, right? Yep, you definitely fall into the low paranoia bracket. You’re so in control of your emotions you think fretting is something your cat does to its fur. You know when you’re over reacting and can control your anxiety twin before she rears her ugly head. But while it’s great you’re not flipping out at the first small signs of suspicion, bottling up your stress isn’t exactly healthy either. “The best way to gain perspective is to chat to a friend or family member,” says Dr Hassed. “Stress levels have risen dramatically over the last few years and it’s quickly becoming the world’s biggest health problem. Take steps to combat it now and you’ll be healthier and happier for it.” Every day, give yourself a good mental shampoo. First up, say what’s worrying you out loud to boot it from your system. Next, exercise to sweat your stress out. Thirdly, let your guard down more often. It’s totally okay to ask for help, to say no to people, to be vulnerable, to do something outrageously silly, or to take a 20-minute power nap if you feel like it.
Finally, be proactive. Ignoring issues won’t make them magically go away. If you feel that life is lacking, have the guts to step outside your comfort zone. Sometimes a little fear reminds us who we are and pushes us to be better.