Dealing with anxiety and stress: Wisdom from Stoicism

Here is a five point formula to deal with anxiety and stress from Stoicism, a school of philosophy that closely examines such topics.

  1. Take the view from above. Step back and see life from a higher vantage point than our own.
  2. Recognize what you have control over and what you don’t.
  3. Differentiate real problems from imaginary ones.
  4. Learn what you can live without.
  5. Cultivate the one thing you have control over – your inner self.

Photo by Nghia Le on Unsplash

For further reading:

1) “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius

2) “Discourses and Selected Writings” by Epictetus

3) “Letters from a Stoic” by Seneca

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