I'm going to tell you something you've probably heard before: if you're experiencing worry and stress, focus on something else.
This isn't just a padded answer from people who can't have a decent conversation, it's also true.
When we change our focus we can change our emotions, no matter how real the worry seems.
Here's the thing: if you're doing everything you can with the doctors and the nutrition, the most important thing is to remove the worry while you get through the days until you see some results. You're on a path, and life must be lived.
This worry is what makes it feel like the light has gone out of life.
You can bring it back by choosing how you do mundane things.
Let me explain.
Your goal is to restart the interest in life by making a series of little bitty sparks.
You do that by shifting the focus from the noise in your head to the activity that's happening in the moment.
The easiest way to do that is to create little tasty moments within simple tasks.
Like putting on some music or an audio book while you're doing the dishes. Tapping in to how you feel about the music, or what the audio book is saying, maybe stopping here and there to ponder a memory or a new idea.
If listening to things is difficult, you can make little games within the task. Like the guy I saw once who was refilling a snack machine, and he would lightly toss each candy bar with one hand and catch it in the other before he stacked it in the machine.
Don't laugh. A week of these little private moments and you have a series of new memories of pockets of time that were interesting, and fewer thoughts about fear of the future.
The goal is to create enjoyment with simple things, instead of being fixated on the big things. You're working on the big things already.
You'll find all kinds of ideas come to you if, before a daily task, or a day at work, or even a drive that makes you nervous, you give an intention before the task: how might you add some spice and think different thoughts, new thoughts?
Remember our minds are malleable.
You are welcome to come join us this Saturday, December 8, at 10 AM CST to talk about how to lower stress and anxiety.
I will also be answering questions about the 12-week program, the 90 Days to Resiliency program starting soon.
Here's the link to register:
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