CHAPTER 8 LIVING YOUR OWN VERSION OF CALM

If you’ve been living for some time in a stressed anxious state, or if you can always remember worrying about things since you were a child, it’s likely that you have absorbed a certain belief that your worry, anxiety and stress are normal and even necessary. When worry becomes a habit, and living under stress is the norm, people fall into the trap of believing that there’s no other option. If you didn’t worry about your family’s dramas you’d be selfish, if you didn’t take on your workload the company you work for would suffer, if you said no to social commitments you’d hurt and upset people. These are all misbeliefs.

Part of learning to be calm involves learning to reframe these entrenched beliefs ...

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