How I deal with anxiety

August 31, 2015

Can you bring yourself out of an anxious day?

I get it, the tightness in your chest, the taste of metal in your mouth – I even get the blotched cheeks. It’s rancid, but it’s real. For 90% of my life I’ve been living anxiety free, sympathizing with those taking rescues and tranquilizers to get through a workday. I was never the anxious type. Fast-forward to 2015 and I’m riddled with it.

I’m straddling the line between tears and the Hulk type eruption, you feel it bubbling and twisting. You see no light at the end of the tunnel, and you try remember ‘the good old days’ when you didn’t feel this in your stomach day in and day out. So, you suffer from anxiety – what now? Fuck.

Lil bit of Yoga on the top of Lions Head

…and breathe.

Let’s apply the Travel With Lamb method – “Change your attitude or change your situation.”

So I breathe. As a devout yogi, I know numerous breathing techniques. I try them all. “Think!” I scream at myself, how can I change my attitude? Can my mindset be altered? It’s not easy… but I find my recipe. In dealing with anxiety, I opted for a change in attitude…

  • Where am I? Identify your surroundings.

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • I’m not dying, I’m still breathing.

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • I am strong. I am capable.

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • I am in control. I own my destiny. I own my freedom, my future.

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • Only I can refuse or welcome happiness. I am the gatekeeper.

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • Why am I here? How did I get here?

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • Can I stay here? Can I do this?

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • I am happiness. I am positivity.

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • This may be difficult, but it’s part of the journey – not my final chapter.

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • I am capable of anything. This is but a pebble in my shoe, my life is bigger and I have a grasp on it.

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

  • Am I going to let anxiety be the barrier to happiness?

Inhale for four counts – exhale for five.

– I am my own master.

My favourite flower

My favourite flower

Now this might not work for everyone, but it does for me. Write down your own mind-changers and let me know if they helped you through the tough times.

From pinterest.com

From pinterest.com

Until next time…

Namaste.

Tam

xx

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