Keep Calm and Carry On

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It’s easy to see how quickly our stress reaction gets kicked into gear. When the news was announced last week that a majority of Brits voted to opt out of the European Union, the media went into a frenzy, political comparison were made from one side of the “Pond” to the next, and everyone else was checking their 401K balances. “OMG” was screamed around the world even though many people had to Google “Brexit” to see exactly what it meant.

It’s challenging enough reacting to stressful situations without having the flames doused by “Chicken Littles” scaring us about the future of civilization. We are surrounded by cortisol junkies intent on making our limbic systems work overtime. Without a “sense of perspective, it is easy to fall into the abyss of fear and anxiety.

The simple slogan that titles this week’s RW is, of course, of British origin, going back to 1939 as England prepared for the onslaught of Nazi Germany. Now we know the world isn’t in that kind of danger so whatever it is that is getting your cortisol flowing, take a deep breath and let it out with a big “relax.” It’s all going to be okay.

And if you absolutely feel that you have to do something, go ahead and consider making a trip to the UK. With all this craziness you can sneak into the country paying 20% less than what you could have done last week. Looking for the good in the bad. Now that is resilience.

BTW…This issue represents the 100th edition of RW. Thanks for your support and great ideas that you share with our community.

© Richard Citrin, All rights reserved, 2016

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