Got too much on your plate?
We’ve all been there. There’s so much going on in our lives that anxiety spirals out of control. We try to cope, but it seems impossible.
In moments like these, it’s essential to do one important thing. This isn’t rocket science. However, it is life-changing.
Instead of focusing on what the future holds, focus on what you’ve got to do right now. Yes, this may seem hard. However, it’s the key to survival.
I’ve mentioned this concept before; and I’m going to mention it again. Experts call this dedicated effort mindfulness.
To practice mindfulness, bring yourself back to the present moment. Make a mental promise to focus on exactly what’s going on right now.
If you’re driving, focus on the road instead of chatting on the phone. And if you’re working, give full effort to each task you encounter.
It’s easy to let moments slip by. But by allowing this to happen, we lose touch with reality.
Think of it like this…
By being more mindful, you’re taking the focus off overwhelming thoughts and onto tasks that need to be completed. This fuels your attention in a positive manner.
Take it one step at a time. So what if traffic is bad. The world isn’t going to end because you’re ten minutes late.
But what if you really do have too much to do?
This is when you’ve got to delegate. What can you say no to? (If you need advice on how to say no, check out this previous blog post.)
Know when too much is too much. If you’re swamped with tasks and picking up the kids feels overwhelming, ask another parent to shuttle your little ones.
And if you can’t fit every social engagement you’ve been invited to into your calendar, choose the most important possibilities and say no to the rest. It’s better to do less and accomplish more.
This all boils down to what I call “doability.”
As anxiety sufferers, we have to work to make life “doable.” So why make our plates so full that anxiety becomes worse?
Life is about what’s going on right now. Make each moment count by giving credit where credit is due. After all, each and every moment only surfaces once.
So ditch the guilt over focusing on your own life and the tasks at hand. It’s OK to do one thing at a time; and it’s definitely OK to say no.
Make your life “doable.” As a result, your anxiety will be more manageable. And that in itself is one great leap toward living life WITH ANXIETY IN TOW.
In other words, don’t put too much on your plate. It’s simply not worth it.
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