If you are feeling nervous, angry or fearful – congratulations! – there’s nothing at all wrong with you. In fact, your senses are operating normally, and your cognition is on the mark. You are having an adjustment reaction, your cognitive map has a better grasp on reality than your culture, and zozobra is par for the course.
The most valuable part of naming and understanding these things is that they lose their ability to paralyze you with dread.
Our emotions are not “the truth”, but rather uncomfortable sensations that serve as an early warning system. They are like a quantum processor able to parse through massively complex systems and situations way before our cortex can offer any guidance.
There’s also a comfort – a relief – that comes from understanding that our reactions are both perfectly normal and perfectly healthy.
People who express more gratitude have:
Fewer headaches, gastrointestinal difficulties, and respiratory infections — and better sleep.
Improved mental health and happiness.
Reduced stress and cortisol levels during pregnancy.
Better health outcomes for people with chronic diseases like heart disease.
Less emotional exhaustion, more happiness, and better work-life balance.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:...to waste time "worrying"...