Leaning Into Anxiety

How often have you felt anxious about “not knowing” what the future holds? Having a sense of powerlessness over what will happen next is perhaps one of the most anxiety-provoking situations we can face in an ever-changing world.
Since we cannot control what the future may bring, it may be helpful to focus on what we can manage: Namely, how we respond to anxiety.
We have choices.
We can eat a half-gallon tub of ice cream.
We can drink a bottle of wine, or we can teach ourselves how to “lean into” it.
Here is simple instructions for practicing ‘leaning into’ anxiety…
  1. Find a place where you will not be disturbed for a few moments.
  2. Take a couple of deeper than normal breaths.
  3. Visualize yourself sitting in a room filled with white clouds, clouds that make it impossible to see more than couple of inches in any direction.
  4. Stay with the image for a few moments or minutes.
Perhaps many of our discomforts can be resolved by integrating anxiety into our daily lives-instead of trying to push it away, again and again.
–Tony Madril

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