My Metaphor for Overthinking

My Metaphor for Overthinking

For the first 39 years of my life, I was terrible to my brain. I would engage in deep, intrusive pondering, telling myself that I was working hard to "figure things out." I never realized that the overthinking I was engaging in was terrible for my brain's environment. And this is my metaphor for overthinking: my brain has an environment, and I am responsible for taking care of it. 

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What’s Up With the Unconscious Mind?

What’s Up With the Unconscious Mind?

A couple of days ago I got into an interesting conversation with a favorite coworker in our little office kitchenette. 

We were discussing the subconscious mind and how weird it is. How and why does it know things we (consciously) don’t?

He described a talk he once gave to a big group. Since he’s never had trouble with public speaking, he arrived ready to go. But his body was sending signals that something was wrong. Sweats, hot flashes, a nauseated stomach. What was going on?

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A credo! A credo, I say!

A credo! A credo, I say!

The Beautiful Voyager approaches stress, overthinking, and anxiety from a very specific point of view. Understanding where the site is coming from, and why I feel this work is so important, gives the background to the credo itself. All of the tools in the world (including therapy, medication, meditation) won't help until you learn that you have your own unique thumbprint of anxiety, and only you can reach the control panel.

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Feelings Come and Go

Feelings Come and Go

"According to Harvard psychotherapist Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, trying to get rid of anxiety is exactly where I, and many others suffering from it, go wrong...The theory behind it is that the more comfortable we get with the sensations that come with anxiety — panic, fear, and accelerated heartbeat — the more we will discover that the emotions associated with these sensations come and go, like everything else."  

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