Anxiety is not one size fits all; each person can experience different symptoms, and no two people would likely describe a panic attack the same as another. When you hear the word anxiety, you may automatically think of a person hyperventilating into a paper bag. Although that image can be attributable to anxiety – and the paper bag trick has been proven to assist, there are all kinds of symptoms and feelings an individual with anxiety may experience.
If you want to make healthier choices, remind yourself every day while you walk around the grocery store, while choosing your lunch, and while you begin an exercise routine that works for you: remember “I am making healthier choices!”
Such things may seem small and not worth expressing gratitude over, but just take a moment to imagine what life would be like without them. Imagine that you couldn’t see the blue of the sky or the green of trees, that you couldn’t hear birdsong or music. We take these things for granted, but they should be appreciated.
While some in-depth gratitude exercises exist, the best gratitude activities are the ones that you can easily make into a habit. Gratitude should be practiced often, at least once daily if not more, in order to make it a permanent mindset and reap the benefits mentioned above.
Beyond this, someone who receives whatever they want often forgets the value of the object and the fact that someone gave it to them. Limiting what is received allows you to focus on what is important in your life. By having less, your children can focus on truly feeling thankful for what they do receive from others.
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s way of adapting over time, depending on the experiences that you undergo- including consistent thinking patterns. If one were to constantly bombard their brains with negative thoughts and sentences, your brain will use that as its baseline when it comes to handling life’s obstacles.
Positive thinking is a difficult school of thought. It’s not about ignoring your troubles or choosing to live in a fairy-tale land; rather, it’s a willful mental process that you etch into your mind over the course of a lifetime.
You can choose how to react to anything that happens. The way you feel about your day is entirely up to you and your mind. No matter what, nobody can control how you think or feel, and reminding oneself that such a thing is true is empowering. Plus, it helps remind us of the fact that, no matter how chaotic the world gets, you still have some control.
Do you ruminate on all the negative things that happened to you throughout the day? Be honest and seek the advice of a trusted friend. Recognizing simply that you tend to have negative thought patterns is the first step in altering them towards positive ones.
In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices