Saturday, August 22, 2015

Anytime an anxiety trigger approaches

The best thing my therapist ever told me was, stress never goes away. There’s always a monster in the room. You may as well create a toolkit to help yourself cohabitate with it. 

And so, over the years I’ve accumulated a robust arsenal of anxiety reducing tools, including stillness mediations, moving meditations, singing meditations, breathing techniques, wellness programs, therapy workbooks, relaxation exercises, stretching regiments, calmness routines, joy triggers, calorie burners, stewardship outlets, social interactions, existential anchors, journaling techniques, mini sabbaticals, communication rituals, centering sequences, mindfulness practices, sleep rituals and artist dates, to name a few. 

Each of these tools has been custom fitted for my unique personality, schedule and body type. The menu has taken a decade to perfect, and it expands and deepens every year. 

Now, while I don’t use engage all of the tools on any given day or week or month, what matters is that I have them at my disposal. That way, anytime an anxiety trigger approaches, I can simply consult my menu of things to do, and immediately transition from the experience of stress to the experience of relaxation. 

It’s like a computer program. If this, then that. Your body create a chain of simple conditional statements, like recipes, which are triggered based on the type of stress you feel and the respective tool to help manage it. 

It’s worth its weight in gold. 

Are you doing whatever work is necessary to reduce your experience of anxiety?

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