In the chaos of Brexit, it is both worrying and a possible harbinger of things to come that far right groups have been so eager and quick to capitalise on existing protest movements
I thought I had kicked the habit of worrying, or at least reined it in. But with all that is going on in the world, I am not so sure anymore. If I am not thinking incessantly about terrorism, war and tragic fires, I focus on loss that hits closer to home.
My point here is that the chosen fear is arbitrary. The fear could be any one of a hundred possible 'worst case scenarios'. Yet the subconscious has settled on just the one, leaving the other 99 to chance, with a happy go lucky shrug of the shoulders. We dismiss the 99.
Regardless of which side of the Brexit fence you sit, or your personal stance on any of the other issues at hand, the uncertainty, aided in no small way by sensationalist reporting and constant bombardment of social media is causing anxiety, fear and helplessness in many.
CC0 Public Domain (Source: Pexels) "People become attached to their burdens," wrote George Bernard Shaw in 1910, "sometimes
Walking the floor at CES, one could see that the macho perception that we should all get 2h sleep a night and overwork ourselves to exhaustion is being deconstructed. There are more companies and startups touting digital interventions for sleep than almost any other problem
I had two telephone calls this week from friends worried about Christmas. One called to say that she and her husband had
Every time I go to therapy I fill out a questionnaire that asks 'in the last week have you thought about ending your life
I now take time, when sliding or emerging from that chasm in my mind, to research depression as a social and psychological phenomenon, as well as my own personal brand. As my understanding has grown, the shroud of mystery has begun to unravel.
Should we let Mindfulness relax us or should we be 'mindful' of world events? Finding the right balance between being politically involved and letting some of it go is not an easy line to tread. So maybe Trump Anxiety is something we have to go through, at least for now.