Anxiety January 19, 2017Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
If you suffer from periodic bouts of anxiety, this article might give you some ideas to lessen its pull:
An anxious mindset can change the way you view the world in profound ways. Could a simple new treatment offer a way out of the perpetual fear?
Cognitive re-focusing allows us to retrain our brains to look for positives . . . instead of always gravitating to worst case scenarios of doom and gloom.
With practice, we learn to look for silver linings behind dark stormy clouds . . . and to dance in the rain while waiting for the calm after the storm.
We train ourselves to dive deep under the turbulence where we can float and go with the flow . . . instead of frantically flailing and thrashing about at the surface.
Aah . . . that’s better!
A quiet mind, like the surface of a still pond, provides a more accurate reflection.
Related posts: If some (or all) of your anxiety stems from “too much to do” and “not enough time to do it,” consider reading this recent share on Raptitude: Why There’s Never Enough Time. Or watch this TEDx Talk: The Habits of Highly Boring People.
Both focus on the fact that many of us have “too many choices” competing for our attention every day.
By narrowing our focus from “everything we could do” (learn Spanish, write a novel, climb Mount Everest, run a marathon, cure cancer) to “things that are priorities for us Here and Now” (watch a sunset, read a book, fix a delicious dinner) we free up time for things we enjoy.
PS: If you haven’t gotten around to folding your laundry since 2016 (or 2015), put that mountain of clean to good use. Here’s how: The Unfolded Truth (Chasing Unicorns)