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Why am I anxious about nothing?

Why am I anxious about nothing?

We have this idea that anxiety *should be* about something. It is natural to ask ourselves when we feel anxious, ‘what is this about?’ But anxiety isn’t the same as nerves or anticipation. It is often just there, without external cause. The problem is, society tells us our anxiety...

Why Social Norms are Making you Miserable

Why Social Norms are Making you Miserable

Today, upon waking, I saw an ad on Instagram for a wool tee-shirt. The ad stated that washing synthetic clothing resulted in plastics going into the water ways. It depicted a young man wearing a shirt for 7 days before washing it. In other words, washing clothing less decreases...

A Surprising Way to Manage the Mental Side of Chronic Pain

A Surprising Way to Manage the Mental Side of Chronic Pain

The Problem: Chronic pain is a part of many people’s lives. We have a lasting injury. We have a chronic condition that causes us discomfort. This could be something as simple as allergies to something as complex as ALS. For myself, I was recently diagnosed with Scoliosis. It isn’t...

Rules of Less

Rules of Less

Minimalism is conceived as ‘owning less’ in a consumerist culture. People adopt this aim for several reasons; to save money, to reduce clutter, or to streamline. One of the most important offshoots, however, is the reduction of waste. When I started investigating minimalism, I was returning from a large...

Why I am a Minimalist

Why I am a Minimalist

“What an upside-down state of affairs when a man who is divine by his gift of reason thinks his excellence depends on the possession of lifeless bric-a-brac.” ~ Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy (written in 524 AD) Minimalism is one of those faddy concepts that people often find disdainful....

On Comparison

On Comparison

“You are so impressed by this rather silly notion of happiness [being] based on good fortune…nothing is miserable unless you think it so, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.” ~ Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy I recently heard on the radio that 55% of teens feel...

Alison Wegner Podcast

Alison Wegner Podcast

Ideas make the difference.

The podcast is a safe place to explore and discuss ideas around tools and living well.

Insight Timer

Insight Timer

Learn practical skills & tools.

Insight Timer is a place of learning. Check out my free meditations to further develop your understanding.