This time of year can be challenging. I want to invite you to go on a journey with us, as focus our attention to the different types of anxieties.
Maybe you already suffer from symptoms of anxiety which is amplified by more family time. Or, maybe, you're forced to face a diminished budget as you start to think of Christmas gifts.
Remember to breathe, and that you are amazing. Next, acknowledge your feelings.
There is a lot of power in saying to yourself, “I feel anxious about this. I don’t know why, yet. But I will not let it control me.”
Dr. Brene´ Brown talks about situations like this as it relates to perfectionism, shame, and fear. She states, “When perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun and fear is that annoying backseat driver!”
Look at those underlined words in the quote. Do you relate to them, or do you want to replace one word for anxiety, or depression?
Oftentimes we don’t have control of our immediate reactions, or unconscious fears. But we do have the power of acknowledgment.
If you feel anxious about something, say to yourself, “Hi, old Friend. I see you. I am not weak because of you.” Then, reframe your situation.
Hey, maybe one day you will change perfectionism to happiness, and shame to laughter.
As your anxieties arise, be sure to take it slowly, acknowledge your feelings non-judgmentally, and most importantly, be kind to yourself.
Garrett Shotwell, MSW, LCSW
Co-founder | Therapist