There are so many tasks everyday that we feel we HAVE to do.
Feed the kids, take the bus, walk the dog, work all day, the list goes on and on.
It can get exhausting and begin to pull us down, as human nature is to dislike anything that we feel we need to do.
So what if we change the thought “I have to do this” to “I get to do this”?
What if you woke up and instead of thinking “I have to cook breakfast for the kids”, you change that to “I get to make the breakfast for the kids” as time goes quickly, we are never guaranteed tomorrow and anxiety can make us miss these moments, by causing stress. Before we know it, the kids are grown, time has passed and we have missed it because of our anxiety.
The fear may tell you otherwise but this moment truly is all we have.
Stress and anxiety make us believe that everything that we are imagining, fearing, is happening before it actually is. It makes us believe the fear is imminent. Anxiety is important if the fear truly is imminent, but when we let anxiety take over our thoughts, we enter into a state of no longer being present, worrying about things that haven’t happened yet, and miss out on what is happening.
So a way to break this cycle is to change our perspective.
Start to think, today I get to go to work, which pays my bills. I get to shop for my family who live with me. These things will change one day, as everything is constantly changing.
Mindfulness is something that you have probably heard of, but perhaps not associated with anxiety. It is the perfect way to become present, appreciating and focusing on the task at hand, instead of the worrying thoughts.
It is a practise, and it takes just that. The best way to incorporate it into your day is to get a good book that teaches you techniques. I found The Magic by the same author who wrote The Secret to be the best for me, as it taught me to be grateful throughout the day and really focus on what I was doing.
Being present and mindful, grateful, changed my life. It gave me control over my anxiety (not the panic attacks though, that is for another post!)
It is a really personal thing though, so make sure to do your free trial of Amazon music if you prefer a meditation, Click here to sign up, or if you prefer to read, get a book on Kindle, Click here. If you have no time, download audiobooks and listen as you run around during the day!
There is no excuse and this works!