Anxiety seems to come out of nowhere, knocking me backwards into the fear zone. I suddenly don’t want to continue with whatever it is I need to do. I want to go hide under a rock and give up. Physically I feel sick in my stomach. Mentally I start thinking about all that can go wrong and begin visualizing scenarios of myself failing miserably. Next are tears building up and ready to pour. My thoughts turn dark, “what’s wrong with me”, “why can’t I do anything right”, “how can I be such a loser”.
Goodby balance! Hello panic attack!
Do you ever feel like this? I know from talking with friends that anxiety comes in different forms with different feelings. One thing that is the same though is how difficult anxiety is to stop. Sometimes I don’t even realize I’m getting sucked into the fear zone. It’s so uncomfortably familiar, as if I never left.
Slowly I’ve been teaching myself to stop anxiety as soon as I feel the dull ache and dark clouds. I have a mantra and I’m sharing it with you in hopes that you can utilize it or be inspired to create your own. This is what I tell anxiety.
“I RECOGNIZE WHAT IS HAPPENING.
MOVE OVER ANXIETY!
I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY.
I AM OKAY.
I AM OKAY.
I AM OKAY!“
Yes. It really does. Because this is a trigger mantra for me.
Once I say this I can remember that I’m strong and that mistakes and wrong turns are just lessons. I tell myself that I’m safe, I’m loved, I’m skilled, I love life and that life is an adventure. Oftentimes I remind myself that the anxiety I’m feeling is about something that HAS NOT HAPPENED so I need to relax.
My next step is to slow my breathing back to normal and either continue with my task at hand or take a break and focus on something peaceful. Remembering positive experiences where I took control of my life or successfully completed a project really helps me to KNOW that I really am okay now and I will be okay no matter what happens.
IF YOU TRY THIS PLEASE SHARE IF IT WORKED FOR YOU OR NOT?
IF NOT, WHAT DOES WORK FOR YOU?
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