41-80 The Snow­baller

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

Your para­noia rat­ing isn’t break­ing any records but you do find non-ex­is­tent problems in your re­la­tion­ships and read more into a friend can­celling din­ner plans than you should. If you think about any drama long enough, you can turn it into a dilemma of rocket launcher pro­por­tions. Ex­pe­ri­ence shows if you see 10 trou­bles com­ing down the road, nine will run into a ditch be­fore they reach you — so wor­ry­ing about some­thing that may never hap­pen only makes you tired, frag­ile, and grumpy. Avoid the anx­i­ety han­gover by com­bat­ing neg­a­tive thoughts as soon as they crop up. When doubt creeps in, ra­tio­nalise it, form a re­al­is­tic an­swer, then re­peat it your­self. Don’t make any rash judg­ments when you’re stressed or wor­ried. Will the prob­lem mat­ter in a year’s time? Cut­ting out caf­feine, sugar, salt, high-fat foods and al­co­hol will help too, as they increase stress lev­els. Lastly, work on strength­en­ing your sense of self, sug­gests clin­i­cal and coach­ing psy­chol­o­gist Dr Susy Green ( “Fo­cus­ing on your strengths will increase your self es­teem and leave you less vul­ner­a­ble to para­noid thoughts and other peo­ple’s per­cep­tions of you.”

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