0-40 The In­ter­naliser

CLEO (Malaysia) - - YOUR LIFE, YOUR RULES! -

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.

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