If you suffer from anxiety, like I do, you realize how powerful this statement really is. I have heard the phrase “mind over matter” for as long as I have lived. I am sure that you have as well. It’s often a line of encouragement to have someone overcome an obstacle and really tap into the power of the brain. So you can imagine how anxiety can ruin someone when their mind becomes their worst enemy. But even if you don’t suffer from anxiety,
I’d like to recommend something very simple – positive thinking. Alright, I hear you. I know, Erica. I should be positive. But it’s just not that easy. There’s this and this and this and this and this… Well, I agree with you. It’s hard. I’m not saying eliminate all negative thought. The more you think about not having negative thoughts, the more negative thoughts you’ll have! The brain is tricky like that. What I’m suggesting is that every time you find yourself falling into a moment of negative thinking, combat it with a positive thought. For example,
NEGATIVE: Ugh, it’s raining again. I really wanted to go out!
POSITIVE: I could work on that book I’ve been meaning to write.
NEGATIVE: I look really fat today.
POSITIVE: But my eyes are really pretty. And that makes me feel beautiful.
I know it sounds hokey, but introducing yourself to positive thinking will result in natural positive thinking and better feelings. I really believe in that. I am working on it myself. So today when I said, “Oh, god. I think I’m gonna have an anxiety attack. I hate this…” I followed it with, “This gives me the chance to work through it without Xanax. I can do this…”
And I did :)
Fat and fearful,
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