How to Reduce Anxiety
There has never been a better time for worry. We have problems everywhere: COVID, shootings, terrorist attacks, droughts, unpredictable economy, fires, floods, political fights and potential wars. According to most of the news, things are getting worse.
Symptoms of 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 Popular, but Bad Solutions
1. You visit your doctor and get a prescription for some anti-anxiety medication. After a few weeks, you may or may not feel calmer.
However, you dislike adding chemicals to your body. You don’t want the side effects. You hate needing a drug for your happiness. If you quit, you feel twice as anxious as before.
2. You visit your local bar or liquor cabinet. After a drink or two you feel calm.
Alcohol has the same disadvantages. You can hurt your liver or become an alcoholic. The next day, your head hurts and you still feel worried. 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 significantly reduce your stress and anxiety. All you do is stop listening to certain people! You ignore 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 from New Slant on Life
Anyone who profits, by making the world seem worse than it is, is a Chaos Merchant.
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 opponents. He wins if he scares enough people.
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 capital.”
Certain lawyers are Chaos Merchants. For example, they say, “A police friend of mine says 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 $75,000.”
Anyone you know can be a Chaos Merchant. For example, a coworker wants you to stop being so productive. He thinks he will get a promotion if you start to look bad. So he gives you bad news whenever possible. “I’m really worry we’re all going to get fired, don’t you?” “No one appreciates us.” “I don’t think the boss likes your attitude.”
Of course, the most popular Chaos Merchants create the bad news you see on television, in newspapers and on the internet. The more terrifying the news, the more people will watch their shows or read their articles.
These Chaos Merchants make us think we have to listen to them to protect ourselves. This makes them popular and helps them make money by selling advertisements.
1. Stop reading newspapers and news magazines. How does knowing all the bad news help you? (Answer = it doesn’t.) Just completely cut out the bad news in your life.
Instead, read cheerful articles or an interesting book.
2. Stop watching the news on television. How does it help you or anyone to know about deaths, danger and catastrophes?
Instead, watch an upbeat show or take a walk.
3. Avoid people who like to pass on disturbing “news.”
Instead, spend time with people who like to pass on cheerful news.
4. After 7-10 days, notice how you have been feeling.
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, as a result.
Nearly everyone who breaks off all association with Chaos Merchants notices benefits like these.
* You find other parts of your life are more interesting.
* You notice your life feels less dangerous.
* You eat better and sleep better.
* You laugh more easily.
* You are less afraid.
* You feel healthier.
* You feel calmer.
Give it a try!