I’m in the midst of teaching a class on transforming anxiety into excitement and we are discussing how to recognize anxiety provoking situations. You can often predict a situation is on its way by learning to recognize your triggers, whether it is your cousin Matilda coming for a visit, your messy house, or unorganized finances.
For example I know I become overwhelmed when my time gets overscheduled and I become disorganized. When this happens, I have difficulty shutting off my mind and I imagine worst case scenarios, such as my cousin Matilda moving in, my house becoming a rat haven and my finances disappearing on the internet.
Now, if I stop, look and listen, I realize those thoughts are revealing my hidden anxiety. I;
- Stop to reassess my situation,
- Look at options,
- Listen inside for solutions.
New solutions emerge that let me relax and change my perspective. I might meditate, exercise, get out in nature and take actions that help me slow down and reduce my anxiety.