Just now I was experiencing some anxiety about what to write about today, when it hit me: Write about anxiety!
One of the reasons I wanted to do this October Mindfulness Challenge was to learn how to better deal with anxiety. The older I get it seems the more anxious I am about things. I don’t remember worrying about much when I was a kid besides 1) going to the dentist (I have a mouthful of fillings), and 2) global thermonuclear war, which thanks to movies like WarGames (1983), seemed entirely possible and pretty much imminent.
Thankfully the world is a much safer, more peaceful place today.
Anywho, I assume like most people I worry too much about things I can’t control. One of the many benefits of meditation is that teaches you to be mindful and present in the moment so that your mind’s not off worrying about the future or some old regret. After 23 straight days of meditation, I can’t say that I’ve quit worrying about things (hence the idea for this post), but I do feel like I’m understanding how to recognize when I’m experiencing anxiety and then manage it by bringing my focus back to my breathing.
That said, here are just a few of the things that cause me anxiety on a regular basis:
- Sunday nights — If only I could skip Monday and go straight to Tuesday (or better yet, Friday).
- Having to call someone on the phone — Sorry, but I’m always hoping to get the answering machine.
- When I’m about to go on a run/play in a soccer game — I have a love/hate relationship with running.
- A dentist appointment — Some things never change.
- He Who Shall Not Be Named — Figure it out.
- Realizing how close I am to being the father of a teenager — Yikes!
And, last but not least…
- Figuring out what I’m going to write about next — Cue the anxiety…now! ~
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