Maths Anxiety

Researchers in San Francisco have found that that if you worry about getting a maths problem wrong you will actually limit your mental capacity for working out the problem.  This phenomenon is called “maths anxiety” and we have probably all suffered from it at some point.  I know that when I am helping my kids with their homework they fall into this trap because they are so focussed on getting the right answer that they obsess about it and cannot think straight to find the solution. The real answer to the problem is to relax, realise that you really are OK, and then the solution will usually present itself.  

A lot of people tend to approach life in the same way.  They get so caught up with worrying about the details and getting everything right that they actually inhibit their lives and fail to find the full enjoyment of living.   This is not a new phenomenon just as I am sure that ‘maths anxiety’ is not new; this has been a problem for at least the last 2000 years…Jesus said… “I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?Jesus gave a solution then which still works as well today… “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. Don’t make the mistake of missing your life because you are worrying about it!

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