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What Makes You Sick?!
1. Meditation and Yoga.
This isn’t “woo-woo” nonsense — they are scientifically proven methods for reducing stress and instilling a sense of inner peace that have stood the test of time. Give it a try and experience what millions of people already know.
2. Have a healthy social network.
If you are feeling socially isolated or spend most of your time with toxic people who drain your energy, this will, eventually, take a toll on you psychologically. Overtime, the chronic stress can begin to affect your health as well.
3. Exercise and eat right.
This should be a no-brainer, but if it was, articles like this probably wouldn’t need to exist. What you eat has a direct affect on your health and mood, and exercise demands concentration, which takes your mind off worrying about illness, and releases endorphins that promote feelings of happiness and well-being.
4. Occupy your mind with something.
This may be one of the best ways to take your mind off the fear of being sick: Occupy yourself with some task or project that demands your attention. Building a model or puzzle, reading, writing, Sudoku, music, painting … it really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it demands your attention.
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Finally, if your health anxiety is really that bad, get professional help from a psychiatrist. They are experts and will know what to do for people who cannot help themselves using the above steps.
Life is too short, and worrying apparently can make it shorter. That’s no way to spend your time on this Earth. As Morgan Freedman’s character, Red, said in The Shawshank Redemption, “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” Choose living instead of worrying.