My Secret Weapon For Combating Stress & Anxiety
Do you ever get overwhelmed? Do you ever get major anxiety? Me too! This past weekend it hit me hard! I was taking a weekend trip to Boston, and then I was returning not to my home, but to someone else's to dog sit for a week. On top of that, I came down with a cold that was kicking my butt. A few days before my trip, I started to get anxiety. I actually cried.
I wondered how I was going to do everything and not get overwhelmed and burnt out. I started to go into panic mode thinking of everything I had to pack for Boston and the upcoming week. "I'm going to forget something. How am I going to go grocery shopping when I'm going to be in Boston? What about my laundry for the upcoming week? I hate sleeping at someone else's house. Why did I say yes to this? Maybe I can back out. No, I can't." My monkey mind was in full gear. I knew I had to relax but I felt like no amount of meditation or yoga could calm me down.
It wasn't until my two and a half hour ride to Boston that I began to realize something. I am blessed to have the luxury to take a weekend trip. I am blessed to have a running vehicle that is getting me to my destination. I am lucky to have a job that is allowing me to do and have all of these things. Then my mind began to dive deeper, and I started saying out loud all the things I am grateful for.
In only 30 seconds I began to feel better. I felt the anxiety begin to lift and for the first time all week, I was incredibly excited for the weekend. It's a funny thing . . . Being grateful. It forces you to remember just how lucky you are and how far you have come. There's a quote that I really love. "Remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for." When you begin to see the good and focus on it, the negative fades away. You really are what you think.
It's not easy, and for most of us, it defiantly does not come naturally, but try it for yourself. It's free and it's easy. When you begin to get stressed, have anxiety or your mind starts spinning and thinking about all the things you have to do, slow down and start getting grateful. It will change your life. This simple technique has changed mine. Am I perfect? No way! I still have moments of anxiety. I still get stressed but I've been using this simple tool, and it's been working! And it's too good to keep a secret.
If you're thinking to yourself, "I have nothing to be grateful for.", think again! If you're reading this blog, you have eyes to see. No matter your situation, you can always find something good in your life. Today I was grateful the sun was shining. I was also thankful I woke up today. I have another day to live, to breathe and to love. That is defiantly something to be grateful for.
If you want to up your game, write one thing you are grateful for in a journal every night before bed. When you program your brain to feel grateful before you sleep, you will wake up happier! I hope you found this helpful and I really, really hope you try it. We are all striving for more. We all have overwhelming moments. But we also all have something to be grateful for.