Feeling anxious or overwhelmed, perhaps especially if you are organizing things for any holidays you celebrate or if the holidays have difficult memories or concerns?
I know I’ve felt some overwhelm recently, myself. I called on different supports, with sickness going around our house and all that has meant with changed plans and folks not feeling great, including me!
In a moment when the anxiety isn’t too big, I suggest you take a deep breath, and then another deep breath. I know I’ve said it before, but, I think it’s worth repeating.
Often, if you can pause in these moments, things start to settle down, and then you can go to other support tools. I really like to “check in” with myself after things settle a little bit. Doing a quick journal or just ask myself what might help me right then. And I’ve been making requests of others too. Even if you don’t know exactly what you need, telling someone you know will be supportive you need something can help!
And, if you can make certain supports a habit in times without anxiety or of low anxiety, then they are easier to call on in other times. Always reminding yourself you have made your way through these moments before. Because sometimes the skills you have won’t be a match for the anxiety of the moment. But, that “mantra” or reminder, “It’s going to be ok. I’ve made it through this before,” over and over, might be the thing to resort to.
Just a few thoughts to share at this time of the year.
I also saw a link to songs that have been shown to reduce anxiety I wanted to share. I haven’t checked them out, but have found songs supportive at times in the past, and the idea of music supporting health in different ways keeps “showing up” in different conversations and venues. So, here that is: https://www.fastcompany.com/90274251/song-reduces-anxiety-neuroscience.
I would love to support you with in-depth coaching so you know what works well for you as 2018 draws to a close and 2019 begins. So, you have specific plans and tools in place and a deeper connection to self to get clarity about what serves you best, and be able to love yourself more deeply with the anxiety however it is now, and as it shifts. Next Friday December 7th is last day for the year of 20% off. I’m also enjoying the idea of supporting others with projects that are stimulating extra anxiety for folks if they involve writing or photography, such as holiday letters or gifts. And, my books and notecards are available for holidays. Send me a message, email Kathryn@wholelovingwellness.com or call 317-514-1462 to explore possibilities.
With deep love-Kathryn