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Are You an Alarmist? How to Learn to Respond Versus React

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  • Are You an Alarmist? How to Learn to Respond Versus React

    Alarmists are like Chicken Little, often crying that the sky is falling and over-reacting to personal and professional situations. In so doing, an alarmist often makes a situation more stressful than it needs to be, spreading unnecessary fear or warnings of danger.

    Although some alarmists are perceived simply as drama queens or kings whose emotional outbursts are aimed at garnering them extra attention, a key difference between the two is that alarmists tend to become easily afraid.

    In fact, alarmists do not think they are overreacting, but believe they are doing what is necessary to prevent something bad from happening. Existing in this frame of mind is not only stressful for the alarmist person, but also for those who exist around him or her.

    “One of the signs that you may be an alarmist is being in a state of continuous tension and stress,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates. “If you're feeling uptight a lot of the time it is because you're overreacting to the events in life.”

    “Life’s events themselves do not cause stress and tension,” he continues. “It is only our reactions to these events that cause us to suffer.”

    And this is where alarmists often run into unnecessary mental and physical upset. While some stress and worry is a normal part of life, chronic stress experienced by frequent over-reactions to life's daily challenges can interfere with your health and well-being.

    Alarmist care at a high risk of these chronic stress-related health problems, which include decreased immune function, accelerated aging, and depression, among others. And the key here is that none of the anxiety or worrying had to existing the first place because whether a situation is stressful or not is all up to YOU.

    So when you feel that a threatening situation is heading your way, how can you calm your nerves and respond to the situation, rather than react to it?

    “The best way to break the tendency to overreact is to get into the habit of releasing throughout the day,” Dwoskin says.

    The process of releasing, a key part of The Sedona Method, allows you to release stressful feelings in the moment, whenever they occur.

    “It is especially helpful to release on the small stuff before it accumulates and starts to feel bigger and overwhelming,” he says. “You can simply let go of resisting the events of your day as they unfold or you can welcome whatever you're feeling moment to moment.”

    "As you get into the habit of releasing throughout your day you will find that you react less and less and feel more and more in control,” he continues. “You may even find that the very events that used to send you into worry no longer disturb you at all.”

    You can use The Sedona Method to address any specific feeling or problem that is stressing you out, but the process works even if you're not sure why you're feeling stressed. This is especially important for alarmists, as often you may feel tense or fearful but not be able to pinpoint the exact reason why.

    As you grow adept at releasing your negative emotions, you’ll find that lifebecomes a lot calmer and feels a lot safer than it ever has before. And once the feelings of fear and anxiety are gone, you’ll gain a new, clear insight into how to appropriately address any of life’s stressful situations.
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