When I was sitting down to write out August’s blog topics, I was thinking through all the different things going on in my business and personal life. The topic of “worry” was at the top of the list for a lot of reasons. I’m mostly “worried” about what the future holds—something that hasn’t even happened yet.

 

I think this feeling of worry might actually be anxiety, but I’m not sure.

 

I get into these worry/anxiety funks that last for a few days where I’m overcome with questions like “what the hell am I doing?” I feel the sense that something bad is going to happen—bad enough that I will fail.

 

There are a couple of things that I have to do in order to pull myself out of a bout of anxiety.

 

Clean: A messy space amplifies my anxiety. The process of cleaning our apartment is soothing. I turn on some jams, organized, declutter, disinfect and tackle every room. A clean space is visually appealing, but I think it does a lot for your mental state too.

 

Me time: Stepping away from the regular day-to-day activities seems to help remove the negative mindset. I like to go on a walk with the dogs without my phone, read a book, take a nap, watch a show or do a beauty regimen.

 

Work out: Whenever I’m working out, I’m solely focused on getting through it physically. I’m not thinking about work issues or about anything else I might be dealing with. It’s time that I can blow off steam and put my energy into something positive.

 

Make plans: For me, taking action and planning for the day or upcoming week helps to get me out of a slump. Once I start moving towards something and making progress, the more excited and positive I get.

 

Talk myself through it: Whenever my mind is full of negative thoughts, it helps to mentally break down the issue and figure out the worst-case scenario. “If all else fails, then I always have this to fall back on.”  Usually, the worst-case scenario isn’t even that bad.

 

I know there are a lot of people who suffer from anxiety and worry in all different forms, no doubt more extreme than I’ve experienced. I think it’s all about figuring out what works best for you.

 

How do you deal with worry? Comment below =)

 

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia

 

Thanks for Reading,

 

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