“When you say to yourself, ‘I am fat, I am ugly, I don’t like my face,’” says Colleen Star Koch, principal and life coach at Rowan Coaching in New York City, “you are also saying, ‘This one thing about me is more important than the total sum of my mind, heart, soul, and sweetness.'"
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Worrying doesn't work, and recent neuroscience research opens the door to understanding why. Let me explain. As it turns out, our brains can't distinguish between what's imagined and what's real - at least not from an emotional perspective. So if you spend a lot of time imagining and reimagining the worst case scenario, you're constantly putting your brain in a threat state. Read on to find out why this is a problem!