Anxiety

More and more, I am encountering discussions about anxiety in both my coaching and my personal life. What is going on? Are we changing in some way and adjusting to the change?

Are the speed and uncertainty of our world affecting many and inducing anxiety? We should stay aware of the presence of anxiety in both ourselves and in others. It is an indicator that something needs attention. When anxiety shows up, examine if you are living your life in alignment with your values, if time is getting the better of you or if something is wanting your attention.

Anxiety does not serve you or others. It may take time and effort to deal with, but will be totally worth your while. Best to face it and find your way through.

 

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Ten Ways To Balance Your Mind’s Unproductive Chatter

thinkinggeraltpixabay1. Set a strong intention to do this.

2. Observe yourself and identify some signs that indicate your mind is going too fast.

3. When you recognize that your mind is going too fast, STOP and assess what is happening.

4. Explore ways to calm your mind and try them out, one at a time, until you find the ones that work for you. (Examples: practicing mindfulness, meditation, breathing, changing your environment, creating or finding humor or something to smile about).

5. Allow your thoughts to pass through your mind and not stay there.

6. Cultivate your ability to live fully in the present moment. It will help you stay out of regret (the past) and anxiety (the future).

7. Find something to do to distract yourself when your mind is in overdrive. (Examples: journaling, listening to music, reading something enjoyable, seeking out fun)

8. Find something else to focus your mind on when you are over thinking something.

9. Get comfortable with silence. (Try creating 5 minutes of silence at the beginning or end of the day and gradually increase to 20 minutes.)

10. Pursue balance between your mind and emotions.

 

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The Mind’s Chatter

mindjohnhainpixabayWho is in charge – your mind or you? Often, your mind is a master in taking the lead. There are definite positives in that. However, staying centered among the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of your life has many more advantages. Allowing your mind to be a runaway train does not serve you.

What’s the nature of your mind’s chatter? Does it distract you? Cause worry or anxiety? Tell you false truths? Have you found ways to balance your mind’s chatter and maintain your center? In my next post, I’ll identify ten ways to balance your mind’s unproductive chatter.

 

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The Uselessness of Worry

ID-10046971Worry is what we call a gremlin in coaching – an inner feeling or explanation that sabotages or stops you from moving forward or acting in your own interests. Not only can worry stop you in your tracks; it serves no useful purpose. Worry allows the mind to take over and dwell on difficulties, often blowing them out of proportion. Worry is destructive.

The underlying causes of worry are real – anxiety, uncertainty, unease or fear – what matters is the nature of your response to them. When worry shows its face, consider what your options are. Do you feed the worrying or take another, more useful, direction? My suggestion is to sidestep the worry, face the situation and find the best way to move forward. Worry is useless.

 

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