One of the worst things about having anxiety is that you are too focused with what is to come instead of what is happening right now. You forget where you are and you are planning your whole life instead of taking everything one thing at a time. Because anxiety tends to take a hold of your life, it is important to remind yourself to stay in the present to better control your thoughts.
When you wake up, remind yourself that you choose to live in the moment instead of letting your negative thoughts take over. You can start the morning reading one inspiration quote a day or a piece of advice that you give yourself. You can also write a goal that you plan to commit for the day like “I will stay in the present moment for the entire day.” Breathe slowly and deeply. Journaling in the morning can also be useful in jotting down all of your worries so that you can get them off your chest and move on with the rest of the day.
Sometimes when you are at work, your head can be filled with a lot of puzzling thoughts like “How am I going to pay my bills?” “What will happen when my kids go to college?” It is important to remember where you are by looking at your feet planted to the ground. Explore your surroundings and ask yourself if you are able to fix your problems where you are. If you are at work, it is best to focus on only your work as you cannot fix your problems in your office. There is nothing that can be done now so you need to remind yourself that now is not the time.
It can also happen where if something new and exciting is coming along like a new job or going on vacation, you keep thinking of all of the worst-case scenarios. You could worry about being humiliated in front of everyone, not knowing what to do or where to go, and that you will only be met with failure. The days before this new opportunity comes, you could be wasting all of this time thinking negatively only to realize that your fears are not going to come true. Do not waste your life being scared of what you think may come but smile at what is right in front of you.
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