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Find a focus for your anxiety

Many of you know, for the most part, the remainder of your term for lockdown. Perhaps your local government has said May 1, perhaps June 1. Whatever the date that you know, count the number of days there are until that date. So, X = Number of days until lockdown is over. Now, we have a question for you.

What can you do in X amount of days?

Ah, that’s a good question. You see, most of us are experiencing some anxiety right now. Other emotions we have may be fear, frustration, anger, disappointment. Lots of (understandable) negative emotions. Part of the reason for these emotions, among other things, is our human desire for certainty and for control. In most of our situations, we are no longer in control and we lack certainty about a lot of things. So what can we do?

We can choose to funnel that energy into something good. We can choose to pick a small goal and get after it over the next X number of days. We recommend you make your own homemade countdown calendar with X number of boxes that you can cross off. Then, pick a goal and allow your brain to focus some of it’s desire for control and certainty on THAT. Here are some ideas:

  • Read that book you’ve been meaning to.
  • Organize your closet (or one area / item per X day left).
  • Lose 5 pounds.
  • Walk 30 miles.
  • Write 10 handwritten notes to loved ones.
  • Learn to knit.
  • Try 10 new recipes.
  • Start journaling.
  • Stop drinking sodas.
  • Learn a dance with your child.
  • Work up to running 1 mile.
  • Pick a Bible study.

Pick a goal that is reasonable for YOU. Pick a goal that you’ll be excited to get after each day. Pick something that you’ve been wanting to do, that you’ll be proud to say you accomplished during this time at home.

As always, if you need a little help finding this focus or working through your thoughts so that you can feel better. We help clients set goals and work through it. Want to set up a free, no-obligation 15 minute consultation?

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