Are you a worrier?
We all know a little bit of worrying is not a bad thing. It helps us stay out of trouble. We even NEED to worry or at least be concerned in a world of hazards where we need to stay smart of stay safe. So when does a little bit of worry become a whole lot of worry and then doesn’t seem to have an end. Or it turns into bouts of anxiety, regularly feeling stressed and overwhelm leading to illness and the need for serious ‘timeout’.
What is that and is there light at the end of the tunnel? If your sleep is interupted, your internal thoughts are on overdrive, your nails are bitten down, you have a flare up of any medical conditions, you can’t stop eating, your body seems to be on high alert all the time…the list of symptoms is endless. And yes, there is a way out and a light to clear the dark corners.
Anxiety inducing language is all around us. The mother telling her children not to touch something or they will get germs, the fearmongering from the media panicking us to worry about what we eat, school threatening us to behave or else and comparing ourselves with others making us worry if we don’t look this way or that way.
So everyday we are conditioned to be concerned, ‘brainwashed’ into worrying.
Listen to your conversations and observe how much content is about worries. I include in that anything that is causing concern, ie, health complaints, offspring having problems or problems with children, discussions about current issues in the news (crime, rise of disease, loneliness, lack of money). I was at a dinner party the other day and the topic of conversation centered on everyone sharing their anxiety issues. Other conversations I hear of are of elderly mothers in distress, seemingly over very little, teenagers having tantrums and screaming that they are having ‘an anxiety attack’.
So, what can I do?
- you have probably heard it before but taking a moment for a few deep slow breaths can sooth your body and relax your nervous system; better still build up a meditation practice first thing in the morning
- smile – studies show that
- ‘soul bath’ – go and be in nature, allow all of your senses be ‘bathed’ if only for a moment in the beauty of what you see. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, live near open countryside, a park or even the sea, then plan going into this space at least once a day. If access to nature is prohibitive, buy some flowers a plant or even pop a picture of a wonderful nature scene, if works just as well to chill out the mind
- add in nurturing foods, movement and contact with others
- find help, that could be a visit to discuss your needs with a medical professional or find a suitable therapist for you
Not everyone needs a lot of therapy but we could all do with a little bit!
If a bit of therapy made your life better and you ended up living with more peace in your mind and body, would you try it?
Lucy Still at stillinmind, has your heart at mind. All of the techiques are designed to work quickly and effectively, targeting exactly what you need to change and who you wish to be without the issues you are presenting.
What is there to lose (except your issues)?