Last week, I had a pretty big breakdown stemming from anxiety. Last year, I shared my experience with Anxiety for the first time and since then it has gotten better in how often it happens but it still creeps in from time to time when I am feeling overwhelmed. It is a serious condition and often times, we don’t know that so many others suffer from it but it’s one that we can control with the desire to control it. I started to understand that my anxiety would come on inherently, without me even consciously thinking I was stressed. It has become more of a response when my subconscious mind knows I have a lot on my plate or I’m not managing my Life for my betterment and my Good (ie: taking time for Ashley Johns). Alot of times (days), I feel like there is so much I want to do, accomplish, see and experience but no time to do it all and that is where I feel the stressor of the reality that time is scarce…and it is. The quote from Leo Babauta below has taught me to focus on the things that make me really happy and experience those things…to stay there.
I started the Fierce Forward Book Club this year and purposely included a book called The Power of Less for April. My intention was to help people with spring cleaning and de-cluttering their environment. Little did I know I would truly need this book this month. This book along with The Art of Tidying Up have been at my bedside for the past week. I have come to learn that there is one big thing I am lacking when anxiety comes on and that is: Management of Self Care. I get so busy being busy that I forget to take care of the things that in turn, take care of me and make me feel happy. Things like: putting my laundry away, taking me time, nature walks, reading, putting me first and many more that serve my general happiness. Sometimes, we just simply need to take the time to learn how to put our needs first. These two books teach me to slow down, to take the time for me to do and learn about the things that make me happy and to know that I am not alone in the challenge of taking time for necessary things that make me feel happy.
I welcome you to join me in the reading of these two books by starting with the easy read, The Power of Less. Join the Book Club here where you will get a list of all books for the rest of the year as well as the link to Join the facebook group to interact about the book and with other like minded women.
A couple of my favorite quotes from The Power of Less Author, Leo Babauta:
“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.”
“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.”
“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”
“We’re so caught up in trying to do everything, experience all the essential things, not miss out on anything important…We can’t read all the good books, watch all the good films, go to all the best cities in the world, try all the best restaurants, meet all the great people…Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.” (my personal favorite)
Have you experienced anxiety and if so, how have you learned to manage yours? I hope you know you are not alone and that this is absolutely something you can manage and that there is always a way to Fierce Forward!