I think it is safe to say many people are worrying these days - a lot. Our anxiety levels are through the roof. And as the Chief Anxiety Officer, I consider myself a bit of an expert in this field. I spent so much of my life worrying about everything from what I would make for dinner to deadlines at work.
And then I hit a point a few years ago when I just... stopped. Well, not entirely. But I slowly realized that my compulsive worrying wasn't helping me or anyone. Gripping the seat wasn't holding the plane up in the sky, and frankly, made my arms sore. Tossing and turning in bed didn't help me hit a deadline. It just made me tired. No problem has every been solved by worrying.
I find that the best ways to alleviate worry are to:
- Figure out a plan of action. Often we worry because we feel we have no control over a situation. Figure out what you can do, make a list, and get to work.
- Accept the things are out of your control. A dear friend, who has overcome an addiction, has really mastered this notion. Key to her recovery was the radical acceptance of the idea that so many things are simply out of her hands. Once you accept this fact, a lot of other things fall into place.
- Breathe deeply. When I find anxiety creeping in, I try to pause and focus on my breathing. That allows me to calm my mind and reset.
As we head into a potentially extremely stressful time, I hope these tips can help you retain a bit of serenity.
Sending you love and health.
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!