“Sometimes we find ourselves with a lot on our plate. I know I do.
Not only do we have work obligations and responsibilities at home, there’s also the email that needs to be sent and that RSVP that needs a response and the baby shower gift that needs to be picked out and that dinner reservation that needs to be made and the flu shot you need to get and all the deadlines to get everything done just get closer and closer. It seems as if our to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer; never fully completed.
It’s enough to stress out anyone. And a lot of people do in fact, get so overwhelmed that they experience anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million people over the age of 18.
TODAY launched a series a few weeks back on the anxiety that teenagers struggle with and hide from their parents. And it really hit me because my clients have kids like the ones they were interviewing or they tell me about first feeling anxious when they themselves were teenagers.
Sometimes it’s not as extreme as having chronic anxiety, but I get it. There are times during each day and sometimes during any number of situations, when I need a reminder that I’m often traumatizing myself and that I’m not in a life or death situation that needs my body to be on such high alert.
It takes some strategy when it comes to conquering the anxiety associated with the things we “need” to do. It’s what I like to refer to as intention versus attention and it has a lot more to do with prioritizing than just noticing what we have left on our mental checklist.
I invite you to get some perspective and recognize the moments when becoming anxious isn’t necessary for your survival; give the intention vs attention concept a try and see how it shifts your processes.
And if you need some direction, I’m here for you.
Dr. Tracy Thomas is a psychologist who works with executives, leaders, and celebrities. She turns her clients into leaders who take charge of their lives, equipping them with the internal resources to live intuitively, strategically, and intentionally. Her approach uncovers hidden obstacles to health, happiness, and success that rarely get detected.
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