It took me a very long time to figure out what anxiety was, and if what i was feeling fit that.
I don’t want this to be a sad post, I want this to be helpful for anyone who may feel the same.
Traveling involves a lot of indirect trust and loss of control; there are a multitude of unknowns. We don’t know if our flight will actually be on time and if it will arrive the time it claims it will. We don’t know how long the airport lines will take, or if you have time to eat before boarding. As I prepare to head to the airport tomorrow, anxiety is subconsciously on my mind. A reoccurring theme for me, personally, is time.
the kinds of questions that are most common when I am anxious
+ what is going to happen if I don’t get there in 5 minutes? will the world end? something explodes?
+ what else could I be doing in that time I’m saving/losing? Is it productive?
+ but what do I gain from rushing around besides saving time?
physical & emotional results of my questions
+ come off as impatient or pissy, but depending on the anxiety it could be distracting/consuming as well
+ faster breathing & rushed heart beat
+ can be paralyzing; only focusing on what is making me anxious
ways that I try to ground myself
+ deep breathing
+ focus on something else (listen to music, watch something, etc.)
+ call/text someone
+ but if that is not possible, then write
+ helps piece thoughts together
+make sense of what is rational vs. irrational
+ self pep talk!
+words, phrases or songs that calm me
+ telling myself to calm down (in a way lightens my feelings and brings humor into it)
question for you: How do you cope with anxiety over things you can’t change?
I leave for the airport TOMORROW! A lot of fresh content is coming your way!!
All of the support so far has been amazing, so thank you (somehow hit 100 followers??? AHHH)!!
Lots of love,