An Antidote for Modern Anxiety

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments


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Fear is one of the easiest ways to control people. It’s being used regularly throughout all facets of American life and I suspect all over the world. One of the many benefits that I’ve derived from my life of travel is that it has served as a wonderful antidote to the fear virus. Travel gives me perspective through the vast array of different experiences that it offers. In America, anxiety is on the rise, from the young to the old. I contend that much of modern-day anxiety is a direct result of media and poor information, much of which is designed to deliberately increase our collective angst. Why? Because somebody, somewhere wants to control other people.

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  • By keeping working people afraid of losing their jobs, they become so grateful to have ANY kind of work that they accept horrible working conditions. (Work quality is definitely on rapid decline in the US)
  • By keeping old people afraid of losing their Medicare plans, It makes it possible for insurance companies to devise ever more confusing options that are camouflaged as an improvement but guaranteed to reduce services and charge more. (this may largely be an American problem)
  • To keep people willing to live with increased business and government surveillance of all of our habits, constant fear of foreign invasion is delivered through the media.
  • To curb enthusiasm and interest in exploring the planet outside of our borders, we are fed a deliberate and relentless diet of the evil intent of others.
  • To keep us uneducated, we are told that the educated elite are conspiring to turn our country into those evil other countries that we’ve been taught to hold suspect.
  • By sewing seeds of fear in regards to getting sick, we are told periodically that a deadly virus will soon wipe out our entire population. More and more people are being held hostage by their fear of illnesses.

And, if that’s not enough…

  • We have our cultural indictments if we’re perceived as being remotely different from the approved version of who we ought to be. How dare we even think of being different.
  • Don’t forget the influence of religions to restrict our freedom to be who we are through the constant threat that an invisible force will forsake us if we do. Nothing like the promise of eternal pain and torture as a deterrent.

It takes a very strong person to refuse to succumb to fear tactics because our brains are hardwired to a negative bias and we have an innate drive for self-protection. But that’s why fear works and that’s why it will keep working for years to come.

Traveling Abroad is Good for Us

How do you know if you’re being controlled by fear?

If you catch yourself talking, reading or thinking excessively about a particular thing, chances are you’re devoting too much energy to the topic because the fear virus has permeated your brain cells. Take a break, immediately! It won’t be easy because the fear factor has taken hold and wants to spread. It will resist being eliminated. You will have to take deliberate steps to rid yourself of this curse.

  • Stop reading about the subject of fear or talking about it, and get busy with other things.
  • Get outside and exercise while breathing fresh air.
  • Seek contact with people who have brighter outlooks.
  • Turn to your creative insights and paint, draw, write, listen to music.
  • Meditate.
  • Sing.
  • Commune with nature.
  • Volunteer to help others.
  • Do what you’re told not to do because you are the only one who knows what’s best for you. Nobody else gets the ultimate say about your life unless you choose to give them that power.
  • Step outside your comfort zone.
  • Change your routine.
  • Try something new every week.
  • Learn a second language.
  • Read books on new and diverse topics.
  • Drop friends who are impediments to your happiness.
  • Explore a new hobby.
  • Take a class.
  • Make a list of things you’ve always wanted to do and then start doing them, one by one.

This is what deliberate living is all about and it will increase your quality of life significantly.

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I already do a number of things on the above list, travel being one of my favorites. Yet, I still have to resist fear’s sneaky little attacks. Sometimes, it creeps up on me and before I know it a vicious cycle sets in. Once I recognize what’s happening, I have to put my foot down all over again in order to squash fear’s nasty presence. I refuse to be held hostage one day longer than necessary. Of course, whenever I hit the road, I’m in that mental zone again — a more wholesome state of mind in alignment with wonder and nourished by perpetually new and refreshing experiences which for me is the ultimate antidote to fear’s malignant company.

Anxiety is at an all time high. Sometimes,it seems like I meet more medicated people than non medicated people. Pay attention though. Once you start seeing what’s going on, you might stand a chance of bucking the system and finally having a life that is more in alignment to who you were meant to be.

— I spit in the eye of fear.  Join me, wherever you are in this world!

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  1. Sadly, so very timely and yes, it is definitely time to take a break.

    • Hello, again, Dianne. I’m glad you found my article of interest. Sounds like you and I could use a trip. Stay well.

  2. Excellent blog poat, Teresa! You nailed it again, complete with problems, options AND solutions! Thanks!

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