Why You Get Anxiety….And 3 Ways to Reduce It.

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Flickr: eliminateanxiety

The late actor Charlie Chaplin once remarked that

life is a tragedy when seen in close up, but a comedy in long shot.

Chaplin was talking about life as a whole but his statement is true when thinking about anxiety, the human firework that can reap destruction if not fizzled out.

What is anxiety?

 

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Are You Too Comfortable To Be Confident?

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Flickr: clumsy_jim

Have you ever wondered why you’re not as confident as you’d like.

I was reading an interview with the fantastic actor Matt Damon. One quote stuck out for me:

“Nothing gets given to you, and you have to struggle for everything, and I think those struggles really do define who you are, and it’s really important. I’ve seen parents try to remove those struggles from their kids’ lives, to the detriment of the kid, and it’s something I think about a lot. I can’t make it too easy for my kids because that doesn’t really equip them to handle the world when I’m not around”

We are going through a period of history where the name of the game is ease and simplicity:

Want your shopping done? Have it delivered to your home.

Don’t walk up those stairs! Use the elevator.

Have a credit card, have state money, have a loan.

Take this pill and your fat is reduced. Same with this milkshake.

 

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Why Eye Contact is So Important in Your Daily Interactions

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Flickr: unexpectedtales

Love him or hate him, something comedian Russell Brand displays perfectly is his use of eye contact.

When he is being interviewed he will maintain eye contact with his interviewee and combined with his charisma makes him a memorable individual.

You’d be forgiven for never really paying attention to how much eye contact you engage in.

Like breathing, it is rarely given conscious thought and no effort needs to be administered in order to deliver eye contact.

However when placed in the context of confidence and how you come across to others, eye contact is vital.

 

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4 beliefs that can hinder your ability to connect

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Flickr: ivan sciupac

I first became interested in connecting when I read about something called the ‘hidden job market’. Sounds clandestine but what it simply means is the jobs that are taken without every being advertised.

Some reports say that up to 70% of vacant jobs are filled without ever being advertised to the public.

My friend works in TV which is a field where it is all about who you know. If you’re not in TV, don’t think this doesn’t apply. In business the most desirable form of advertising is word of mouth (a form of marketing heavily reliant on connections) and health wise, in a meta analysis study involving over 300,000 men and woman it was found those with poor social ties were 50% more likely to die before the follow up study (average 7.5 years later)

In short, connections are important for your health, your career and your life! Introvert or extrovert, we are social creatures who naturally crave being in a tribe.

 

 

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