|How to Reduce Anxiety
There has never been a better time for
worry. We have problems everywhere with the Iraqi war, potential
terrorism and an unstable economy.
According to the news, we are seeing more
businesses closing down, more home foreclosures and more people going
broke. They say we have less confidence and greater anxiety.
Add in work problems or marriage problems
and you get ANXIETY.
You worry about everything, big things,
little things, imaginary things
You are afraid of making mistakes
You find it hard to make decisions
You feel nervous for no reason
You feel dizzy or weak or tired
You imagine the worst
Your body is tense
You sleep poorly
Three False Solutions
1. You visit your doctor and get a
prescription for some anti-anxiety medication. After a few weeks, you
However, you dislike adding chemicals to
your body. You don’t want the side effects. You hate needing a drug
for your happiness.
2. You visit your local bar or liquor
cabinet. After a drink or two you also feel calm.
Alcohol has the same disadvantages. You
worry about your liver or alcoholism. You hate hangovers. You wish your
happiness did not come from a bottle.
3. You go to a hypnotist or buy
"subliminal" tapes that give you commands while you sleep.
If you can go under, you feel calmer
after the sessions.
But again, you hate not being in control
of your feelings, good or bad. Your anxiety comes back in new forms. You
wonder what other commands the hypnotist gave to you.
One Simple, Powerful Solution
By making one easy change in your
lifestyle, you can cut out a significant amount of stress and anxiety.
All you do is stop listening to the Merchants (sellers, distributors) of
Chaos (disorder, confusion).
"It is to their [the
Chaos Merchants’] interest to make the environment seem as
threatening as possible for only then can they profit."
"Look over a newspaper. Is there
anything good on the front page? Rather there is murder and sudden
death, disagreement and catastrophe. And even that, bad as it is, is
sensationalized to make it seem worse."
— L. Ron Hubbard
Anyone who profits from the suffering of
others becomes a Chaos Merchant if they seek to increase their income or
popularity by making the world seem worse than it is.
For example, a politician makes crime
seem like a bigger problem than anyone ever thought it was. He promises
to fight crime better than his opponent. He wins if he scares enough
An arms dealer tells one country,
"This country has secretly purchased some bombs and has pointed
them at you. You need to buy some bombs and point them at their
Certain lawyers are Chaos Merchants. For
example, they say, "A friend of mine in the District Attorney’s
office told me they are going to investigate you and want to put you in
jail. I can probably keep you out of jail, but my retainer is
Of course, newspapers, news magazines and
television news make the most money by spreading as much bad news as
possible. The more terrifying the news, the more people will watch their
television news or buy their papers and magazines. They make us think we
have to listen to them to protect ourselves.
1. Stop reading newspapers and news
magazines. Just completely cut out the news in your life.
Instead, read an interesting book.
2. Stop watching the news on television.
How does it help you or anyone to know about deaths, danger and
Instead, watch an upbeat show or take a
3. Avoid people who like to pass on
Instead, spend time with people who like
to pass on cheerful news.
4. After 7-10 days, notice how you have
5. If you are not sure if the chaos
merchants really have any effect on you, do the above steps for 7-10
days. And then go back and read the newspapers, watch the news and
listen to disturbing people for a few days. Notice how you feel now.
Nearly everyone who breaks off all
association with Chaos Merchants notices benefits like these.
* You find other parts of your life are
* You notice your life feels less
* You eat better and sleep better.
* You laugh more easily.
* You are less afraid.
* You feel healthier.
* You feel calmer.