Anxiety is becoming an everyday companion, ensnaring our thoughts and obscuring our vision of the present and the future.
Sometimes that unrest may seem justified. But what if instead of letting anxiety overwhelm us we use it as a springboard for growth?
Like a water wheel that transforms the unbridled energy of water into useful forms of power, these five ideas will show you how to redirect anxious energy in ways that are constructive and nurturing.
Learn to Question Negative Thoughts
While you should always stay grounded on reality, it’s important to learn to question your negative thoughts. Don’t let your need to be realistic turn into unnecessary worry or unwarranted self-criticism. Finding the firmness to dispute your unproductive thoughts will help you refute the negative voices in the outside world as well, and that is a valuable gift to retrieve from this storm.
Yes, this is a sobering time. It’s a time to be clearheaded, but also a good time to learn to stay positive and be cautiously optimistic. Focus on what you can control, but also broaden your thoughts to hope and optimism knowing this sobering time will pass. Learning to remain optimistic even during challenging circumstances is an important step toward protecting your mental health.
Anxiety is a mental process, and action is an effective way to counterbalance it. Whenever you feel anxious thoughts creeping in, think of the astounding potential you can unlock by embracing the moment. Spring into action and take up any task you have been postponing, no matter how humble. Fold clothes, tidy a drawer, pull weeds in your garden. Dive into the endless possibilities of taking action.
Learn to Forgive Yourself
When we feel overburdened by anxiety it’s difficult to embody our best selves. We become more impatient, less forbearing and less productive than usual. Whenever you fail to honor your ideal self-image, pause and offer yourself an apology and forgive any shortcomings you are having. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented compassion, and that starts with yourself.
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