Title: The Art of Taking It Easy
Author: Dr. Brian King
Publisher: Apollo Publishers
Publication Date: October 2019
Genres: Nonfiction, Self-Help, Humor
witty, informed guide. The author uses a bevy of running jokes and punch
lines to enliven technical explanations for how and why people experience
stress. His metaphors of coming across a bear in the wild as well as being
stuck in traffic are also used to great effect to explain a variety of stress
responses, such as perceiving a threat and feelings of powerlessness.
Reframing thoughts plays a large role in King’s advice: Stress is simply
a reaction to a perception of threat being able to consciously redirect
choices made by other areas of the brain is the key to living a less
stressful existence. He also provides breathing exercises, plants for
painting physical health and useful advice for setting attainable goals.
King’s enjoyable guide to living with less will be of help to any anxious reader.
An Excerpt from The Art of Taking It Easy
Worry Is The Worst (pages 50 – 52) – Art of Taking It Easy:
How To Cope With Bears, Traffic, And The Rest Of Life’s Stressors
By Dr. Brian King
• Learning to keep our brain active can help us avoid excessive worrying.
It is hard to stop worrying. But the good thing is at least you have options. You have a lot of options. There is practically no limit to what you can do to satisfy your brain’s need for activity as an alternative to worrying. Unfortunately, too often the behavior we desire to change has few, if any, suitable alternatives. In those cases, we just have to find a way to manage life without, and that is super tough. For example, my brain loves chocolate. Now, let me ask you, what could possibly be a suitable alternative to chocolate? I’ll give you a hint, there is no alternative to chocolate! The pleasure my brain receives from chocolate is not matched by any other substance. When my brain wants chocolate the only thing that will satisfy it is chocolate. What am I going to do, eat kale? Even chocolate covered kale is gross. If I want to overcome my love of chocolate, I have to learn how to live without it. And that is super tough, because we all know chocolate is awesome. Worrying may be a tough behavior to overcome, but at least you have plenty of alternatives.
I should also note that not everyone worries when their brain needs something to do. People also have positive responses to boredom as well. Some people exercise. Some people, myself included, daydream or do something creative. When my mind wanders, I sometimes come up with jokes. If my wife Sarah is with me, I’ll test them out on her and if she laughs they might make it into my comedy act. I have been known to spontaneously write poetry or make up song lyrics, not that any of those are ever any good (Sarah can attest to that), but these are some of the activities that give me my brain something to do when it’s bored.
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