These are my mom’s feet at work today. Hilarious. This is not the first time she’s worn two different shoes to work. It’s still hilarious.
Walking with a friend tonight, we both looked up and noticed the beautiful evening at just about the same time, 20 minutes into our walk. I exhaled and realized that I’ve allowed anxiety to creep into my life over the last month. It’s been snow balling, causing exhaustion, stress, loss of confidence, and just a generally decreased quality of life.
I consciously decided that today I was not going to allow anxiety to drop by, and it worked. I’m reminding myself that I am fortunate enough to have the ability to choose what my day looks like and how I feel. I also noticed that I did things more slowly, more intentionally. Today I put my shoes on one at a time. Just like my mom. :)
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It’s only recently that I have started to identify some common feelings that I have as anxiety.
I’m in the process of a Mountain Biz Works GO program, where I am (and you can be too) paired one-on-one with one of their amazing business developers. I’ve known this business developer professionally for long enough that she knows that my strengths lie in the visionary, innovation realm and that I’m challenged by detailed tasks. These same detailed tasks, when actually completed, often bring me great pleasure and feelings of accomplishment. She recognized this immediately and offers me a proverbial carrot each time we meet. Last week, my carrot was learning about an amazing entrepreneur and coach, Danielle LaPorte, of whitehot truth.
Danielle identifies anxiety exactly as I feel it (but didn’t know what it was). After reading this tonight, I feel relieved and empowered, and like I have some tools to turn my anxiety into truth and momentum. Maybe you will too. Check her out:
Tummy trembles. Brain fuzz. That discombobulating feeling that you’re not quite sure what you should be doing but you should be something to keep your act together. Anxiety. Sometimes it slips away with a few deep breaths, other times you need to beat it off with a stick or some little white pills.
…For me, anxiety manifests in what I call, priority confusion. If I wander from room to room in the house, unsure if I should tidy, check my email, walk the dog, or write a novel, then I know something is up. I’m typically very laid back and laser-like decisive so if I can’t figure out what’s first on the to-do list, I know that anxiety has come callin’.
Read more and get tools for how to deal with anxiety.
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