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Cogito ergo sum: Cogito ergo insanis sum ( I think therefore I am: I think therefore I am crazy)

Monday, September 09, 2013

Hi sparkfriends, spent a lot of yesterday thinking way too much. Worrying is more like it. Been called a worry wart or anxious all my life. Yes, anxiety is the common cold of the 21st century. Why are we humans more anxious than ever before? We are not facing lions and tigers and bears any more. Which was probably easier because you could see what you were up against. Now it is just a fear of what I cannot see. Thus, anxiety. I "what if" myself crazy. And that is what I did yesterday. What if I can't make the mortgage, What if I get hurt and can't work. What if there is no one to help me? What if, what if...excetera. Yes I truly do think too much. And those thoughts make me crazy. Congito ergo insanis sum. Cognitive behavioral therapy state that the "trigger" leads to "thoughts" leads to "emotion". That emotion can either be ok or anxiety. What makes it so are the thoughts that I attach to a particular event or "trigger". So if I change my thinking about an event I can change my emotional response about an event. So that is what I am trying to do. Of course, my old stand- by was to eat about a particular event. Mainly the calming effect of sugar. So changing my response to trigger events through better coping mechanisms like blogging. journaling, exercise, healthy eating, excetera that spark offers us is the reason so many people have been successful. Yeah! Sparkpeople! Cheers, Keith.
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    Where did you find that photo? Too funny!
    1743 days ago
    I'm not sure that thinking leads to emotion. I'd be strongly inclined to imagine it goes the other way, but I have an atypical relationship with my emotions (my head is wired differently from the other 99% of humanity), so don't trust my instinct on this.

    I find that when I'm stressing myself out, the best response is to just have a good argument with myself. I live alone so talking to myself is weird but no one can see. Exercise and the like are great, especially for replacing the hormonal shift that eating formerly brought, but recruiting logic and reason to curtail those lizard-brain chemical reactions can work quite well.
    1744 days ago
    Yes, it truly is in our power to deal with thoughts that need to be dealt with and move on from those that don't deserve our attention and emotion. Good job!
    1745 days ago
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