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Are you prepared for the worst?

Are you prepared for the worst?

“Rehearse them in your mind: exile, torture, war, shipwreck. All the terms of our human lot should be before our eyes.

– Seneca

Bad things happen.

They have and they will continue to happen.

That’s life.

But things could always get worse…

A lot worse.

Yet when things get bad, people tend to look forward, and imagine life getting good, they say I can’t wait for all this to be over.

But what if its never over, or at least not anytime soon.

Then what are you going to do,

Because in my experience positive thinking sets us up for defeat.

We look forward and we hope, and then all of a sudden we are hit with another deviating blow.

But what would happen if we had predicted that blow,
Not with positive thinking but with negative thoughts instead.

Thinking of how things can get worse, how you won’t recover…

In a strange way this is kind of positive thinking, after all when you have predicted the worst… the worst that can happen is what you are expecting and its not devastating if you are already waiting…

Anything else is a bonus.

Prepare for the worst, if you want the best.

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Stress and The Brain

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Stress has been known to literally shrink the brain (59,90) as well as disrupting brain function and promoting inflammation. Stress is notorious for being difficult to define. It encompasses all kinds of stimuli of varying amounts of aversiveness and duration (102). Stress can be physical, psychological, social, acute or chronic, and high or low intensity (103-4) Stress can be defined as an automatic physical response to any stimulus that requires you to adjust to change. Every real or perceived threat to your body triggers a cascade of stress hormones that produces physiological changes. We all know the sensations: your heart pounds, muscles tense, breathing quickens, and beads of sweat appear. This is known as the stress response (62.)

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But where is the tutor for me

‘They say life is a test’
‘But where is the tutor for me’

-J Cole

Every day we get tested by things we were never taught, in fact, most things today that test us were not around 100,000 years ago whilst were evolving.

It’s a totally new environment

We get tested by
Money issues,
Relationship issues,
Stress and work issues,

A lot of the time we’re silently screaming for some help but we never know where to look,

We don’t even know we can seek help,

But today you can search google for the answers to your problems,
Watch youtube videos
buy books
and there are mentors in almost everything out there…

If your looking for a tutor start with one of them,

They won’t solve your problem because that requires work but they are like a lantern on a dark path.

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Laughter is the key

Start with a joke.

It’s easy to overthink things,

And let the pressure pile up,

Maybe it’s for a presentation or you are just trying to think of an opening line to message someone you like…

Sometimes laughter if the way.

It lightens the mood and takes the seriousness out of whatever you’re doing.

And laughter is universal, everybody understands laughter even animals…

Laughter can take the stress away from a stressful environment or situation

And if the situation is out of your control

You might as well laugh because the opposite only adds to the stress.