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Do you feel like the walls are closing in on you? Do you feel like circumstances, beyond your control, are blocking you in and the floor might give out below you? We all have moments where we can’t help but worry, but that doesn’t really help us a situation. My favorite quote about worry is;
“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”
― Erma Bombeck
Now, to be fair – I have heard this credited to Erma Bombeck (a favorite of mine!) but I’ve also seen it credited to Glenn Turner. Whoever first said it, this has really stuck with me because it’s a good reminder that the worry cycle really gets you nowhere.
When you notice yourself falling into the worry cycle, change things around and Focus on Yourself. Taking time to focus on things that are going on in your life will help to ground you and allow you to take actionable steps to get yourself in a more positive position.
Ways to Focus on Yourself
- Food – Have you given your body some good, healthy food in the last few hours? Taking time to snack on nuts, veggies, or fruits can help your body to get back to functioning properly.
- Drink – Dehydration occurs when you are using more fluid in your body than you are taking in. If you don’t have enough fluid in your body, your organs are going to struggle. Take some time to enjoy a glass of water and see the change that it can make.
- Plants – Did you know that being in the presence of plants can lower the human stress levels? Studies have shown that actively caring for plants calms the autonomic nervous system and lowers blood pressure. So take some time to walk in a garden. Invite a houseplant into your home and focus on yourself by enjoying a living thing.
- Pets – While we are talking about living things, taking time to interact with a pet is also going to help you focus your energy in a positive way. Taking 5 minutes to sit down and pet a dog or cat can even your breathing, and bring your blood pressure down. Sitting in front of an aquarium of tropical fish can have the same calming effect as you watch their actions gliding through the water. Don’t have a pet, look to your local pet store and enjoy some time watching the animals. You might just meet your next best friend!
- Listen – Stop and take a moment to listen to something that is going to help or inspire you. I love to listen to nature sounds. Check out Dan Gibson’s Solitudes collection. There are recordings of just nature sounds (waves, thunder, sounds of the meadow etc.) and there are recordings of nature sounds combined with music. Here is a YouTube link to give you an idea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hBiHp2BwJY
- Move – One of the best ways to focus on yourself is taking part in exercise and concentrating on how your body is moving. This can be anything you like to do; yoga, taking a run, walking the dog, playing in a team sport or just gentle stretching.
There are lots of ways to focus on yourself. If you have any additional suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. All of us deserve to best life possible!