Episode 10 – Worry

You know what’s such a crock? WORRY!

Monday, August 27th Crock Cast at SuchACrock.com

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Did you know that worry can literally change your brain structure? According to Psychology Today and WebMD,  “Chronic Stress Can Damage Brain Structure and Connectivity”.

All about solutions, Katherine shares a couple of her favorite worry releasers. One of them can even reverse anxiety’s brain changes. Check out this Harvard University Gazette story to see how that works.

But you don’t have to go so far as brain renovation to get some relief from worry. Just take a look at human history! Katherine recommends checking out some Ken Burns for solace. From his Civil War documentary to the Oscar-winning piece he did on the Statue of Liberty, Burns uses narrative mastery and primary sources to bring history alive. History serves as our greatest teacher in times of turmoil. That’s because it shows predictable patterns in human behavior. This can thus help us better understand and accept the confusing and worrying events of today… at least Katherine thinks so.

What are you worried about anyway? At least we’re not getting hit by asteroids.

Did you know that asteroids are zipping by us on the reg?

In the last decade, we’ve had a visitor that flew by the earth at close range – closer than the moon. But what’s even more astonishing? In February of 2013, a meteor actually exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia.

The Chelyabinsk Meteor

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Exploding with the force of approximately 30 Hiroshimas, the Chelyabinsk event injured hundreds… Albeit mostly from broken glass.

The Chelyabinsk asteroid was only a few paces across, but flew at almost 30 kilometers per second. A larger one could cause catastrophic damage… But it would take one maybe two kilometers across to have “worldwide effects”.

From NASA: “Five Years after the Chelyabinsk Meteor: NASA Leads Efforts in Planetary Defense”

Meditation Can Be a Cure for Worry

Katherine stays remarkably chilltacular even while raising a family and working in NYC. How does she do it? Her easiest and most effective method, meditation, alleviates worry and can work for pretty much anyone. Best part is, you don’t need to get a Netflix account or even break a sweat to get all the perks.

So, Katherine shares her years of experience with meditation, and in particular, the Headspace app. We get it if the notion makes you groan. But fact is, meditation WORKS. Want more evidence? Even skeptical articles can’t ignore the profound and positive impact meditation has on those who practice.

Worry is SUCH A CROCK. I mean, we could be getting invaded by a biblical pestilence or something

From Ars Technica: “US invaded by savage tick that sucks animals dry, spawns without mating”

So it turns out that several US states — including our home state of New York — are reporting infestation from the Asian Longhorned Tick.

Each female tick is essentially a clone-bomb of itself, dropping as many as 2,000 eggs. Attacking in swarms, these ticks exsanguinate their victims. Those victims are generally livestock or pets today, but the ticks do carry viruses that can be lethal to humans.

Between near-miss asteroid strikes and infestations of insatiable insects, there are just too many terrible things out of our control to waste our energy, worrying… Don’t you think? Michael does, anyway.

Even with Michael’s worrisome stories, our tenth crockcast still has some major laughs and a silly/fun taste test to boot. Show your support and share the love! Subscribe at Such a Crock – Apple Podcasts then follow us on Instagram  and check out our funky fresh Twitter.

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