Setting aside time in the day to actually sit down and check in with myself. Setting aside even a few minutes each day to sit and be still among all the chaos that floats through an anxious mind can help ease the impact of the anxious thoughts. When I sit down to check in with myself and my thoughts I like to really practice being compassionate. Practice telling myself “its okay to feel this way”, “I am working on feeling better I will get there”, “I am allowed to mess up or have an off day”. It takes a solid effort to say these things when you are so used to judging or being hard on yourself, but with practice it sure can make a huge difference in your day to day life.
One of the issues that I have struggled with was ignoring the fact that I could do something about how I feel. Many times I would just sit a linger in my anxious or depressed thoughts. To be honest there is a part of me that is so stubborn it was hard not to sit and be stuck in those thoughts. Then I read a book that opened my eyes and helped me realize I actually have control over my thoughts. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself In one part of the book the author has you say “Hello, hello, hello…” in an echoing sounding voice inside your head. Which really clicked and stuck with me. Now I catch my self remembering that I part of the book when I am beginning to have an anxious thought and I stop my current thought and force the voice inside my head to say “hello, hello, hello…” in an echoing sounding voice. In turn the “hello’s” remind me that I am in control of what I think.
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