You’ve now gained an understanding of why you’re not calm. This understanding in itself can help you ease yourself out of your mind’s current cage. You’re aware that stress triggers a chemical reaction and that this is what humans are wired up to experience, and that the key lies in identifying the point at which stress catapults you into an unpleasant state of feeling. In this chapter we’re going to identify the most common traps you can fall into that stop you from experiencing calmness. These stress triggers are major obstacles on your road to calm.

Some of these triggers won’t surprise you in the least. Other triggers are likely to make you stop and think because they could be issues you haven’t considered before. ...

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