Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” —Jodi Picoult
When you feel anxiety, it’s hard to relax and get things done. It’s a bit of a slippery slope too, because worrying about one thing often leads to worrying about all kinds of other things as well—none of which are ever happening in the moment.
One of the ways that anxiety shows up for me is insomnia. Even when I’m tired, I toss and turn and my mind races. When my thoughts start spinning like that, I invariably wind up adding fuel to the fire by worrying about not sleeping too. I count the hours I have left to get some sleep before the day begins. Needless to say, this does little to relieve my anxiety.
But, here’s what I’ve learned. In the end, feeling anxious comes from how I relate to the thoughts that cause anxiety. When I focus on them, and believe them, I perpetuate them.
The American Psychological Association defines Anxiety as an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure. The thing is that anxiety happens to all of us now and then, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to lessen it in our lives.
In this post we will share some tips that really work when you’re feeling anxious and want to lighten your load.