One of the most consistent voices in your head is likely to be a self-critical one: you wonder why you worry about even routine things like reading your meter for a utilities bill; you get angry with yourself for getting stressed about a family occasion that’s entirely predictable; you feel inadequate for feeling stressed at work while your colleagues seem to be handling things fine; you feel guilty because actually life is pretty good, but you can’t keep up.

So far we’ve looked at what it really means to be calm. Before we take a look at where you’re at right now and the reasons you feel stressed, we’re going to rewind to what’s led up to now. It’s difficult to deal with how you are at present ...

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