Today’s Just for Today reading touches on anxiety. One of three definitions of anxiety, according to Google, is as follows:
a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome
Anxiety is something that has affected me personally for several years now. I have had anxiety attacks that have brought me to my knees or that have left me pacing the house, not knowing what I am going to do. When I was an addict, the anxiety attacks would worsen if I was low on dope or when I was going through withdrawals. I would convince myself that I needed dope to function, not understanding that the dope was actually making my anxiety worse.
Now that I am clean, and in Drug Court, I am learning how to cope with my anxiety in a healthy manner. Anxiety is rooted in emotion. It is when your emotions start to become unbalanced that anxiety starts creeping into your mind.
Something we tend to forget about emotions is that they will eventually shift. Sure, at the moment they start to come through, we think that the feeling is permanent. This is especially true with any emotion that isn’t a good one. We immediately feel like everything is the end of the world and we work ourselves up to a point of meltdown. If we simply remembered one phrase, and made it a habit of keeping it in our mind as a tool to use against anxiety, we would realize that it isn’t the end of the world.
This too shall pass.
These four little words hold so much power and most of the time we neglect to remember them at all. I understand that it is difficult to keep this in mind when you feel like the whole world is against you, but if you remember that it will pass, and remember that this is how our emotions are designed to be, then it makes managing an anxiety attack easier.
If you find yourself in the midst of an anxiety attack, try to remember this one thing if you don’t remember anything else.
By simply taking a deep breath in through your nose, and out through your mouth, you see giving your mind a chance to simply relax. Be observant of your surroundings but don’t have an opinion on them. Simply just exist in the moment. If it doesn’t help the first time, do it again, focusing more on your breathing. Take a moment to do a self check on yourself. Try and determine what it is exactly that is causing you these anxious feelings.
If you are, and even if you are not, able to identify why you feel anxious, start breaking down your list of things to do into easier steps. You cannot save the whole world. By breaking the steps down into easier tasks you alleviate the stress you find yourself feeling. More manageable tasks not only alleviate the anxiety you are sensing but also aid in your ability to accomplish what needs to be done.
So the next time you find yourself anxious, remember to take a deep breath and realize that these feelings will pass.
Hope that this helps anyone reading this.