A favourite quote of mine and recommended mantra for all anxiety sufferers.
It doesn’t matter how strong you think you are (or pretend to be), our comfort zone dictates who and what we are – and anxiety dictates our comfort zone. The bigger it is the more anxiety is holding you back.
If life begins at the end of our comfort zone, how far does yours go?
It’s way too convenient to have a bit of toast in the morning, sandwich or bagel for lunch, and muffin for a treat. But here’s why I want you to think about dropping bakery products out of your diet…
I’m a massive bakery fan, and removing it from my diet has been a hard process, especially when trying to avoid wheat altogether – but it’s been well worth it. Not only have I shed a few pounds around the stomach area (or muffin top as a friend comically described it) – I feel much more healthy and happy – and balanced.
Without going into all the boring stuff, there is a strong connection between anxiety and indigestion. The feelings you get from indigestion can make you think all kinds of sinister things, and unfortunately it’s normally the ‘good stuff’ that causes it, including bakery products (or anything stodgy and heavy).
It’s a hard habit to break but there are plenty of alternatives and substitutes out there. Have a bit of fun finding new recipes and trying new things.
Is life without bakery products possible? It is when I feel this good.
I’m glad anxiety isn’t a salesperson knocking on my door because I’d be the reluctant owner of whatever it was selling!
Anxiety could literally sell sand in the desert, and ice in the North Pole.
We can normally dismiss the daily irrational thoughts we get as rubbish, but add high anxiety to the equation, and these irrational thoughts soon become more of a possibility.
Give anxiety enough power and it will convince you to never socialise, enjoy your hobbies, or even leave your house – a difficult place to be.
Relinquish its power by using rational thought. If you find yourself worrying about what might happen, take a step back and use rational thought. Ask yourself: ‘When I go to the party tonight, I might be nervous socialising, but how many other people will feel the same as me?’
You don’t have to look at worst-case scenarios when thinking rationally. The reality is, things rarely ever get close to being that bad – especially after you’ve done them.
Don’t let anxiety convince you otherwise.
I don't practice meditation, but I do make time for a relaxing moment every now and again.
I watched this interesting Tedx Talk on Consciousness, and there's a part in it at about 14 minutes 20 seconds in where he helps the audience relax by connecting to the outside world.
I now use it whenever I want to (need to!) take 5 - enjoy.
Stress is always a bad thing, right?
I'm not so sure. Why? Because I used to try and avoid it completely, and when I did I was getting nowhere, fast!
I feared what anxiety had in store for me if I pushed myself, so I spent years of my life staying in my comfort zone (which wasn’t that comfortable!). I hid away from the world because I thought it was the easier thing to do – how wrong could I be?
I changed all that by looking at stress in a different way. I saw it as a sign that I was making progress, rather than seeing it as the negative thing that caused me so much unhappiness.
When I feel stress I know I’m heading in the right direction, which can only be good.
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