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In a moment, you could be anxious, angry, suffering or in pain. And you could be experiencing all or one of the above, while nothing extraordinary is happening. A negative inner thought could easily set it off as much as a critical comment could.

I am actually surprised by how all encompassing my thoughts can be. Sometimes a phone call or a car passing by are the only things that alert me to the constant stream of inner chatter passing through my mind.

Awareness is the tool that drags me out of my own self-inflicted misery. Being mindful of each moment and focusing on a bird’s song or the wind dancing through my hair reminds me that no matter what drama is playing in my head, in reality, all is well now. And if it was not, if things were truly that bad, I wouldn’t have the energy or the capacity to worry, to ruminate or to fear. I would be in react and response mode, not in reflection.

If you’re also reading this in fear or anxiety, take heart. There is a way to soothe your worries and to confront your negative thoughts. It’s all about preparation and confronting your fears in a practical and purposeful way. This week, you’ll learn how to reduce test anxiety with strategies to ward off your worries, react better to your children, become more aware of your actions, finally understand what forgiveness is and discover a loving way to help others understand your struggles/pain/illness. These posts might be just the remedy you need to stop ruminating so you can be present and enjoy the moment you’re in.

{Flickr photo by Rachel Titiriga}

5 Tips to Minimize Final Exam Anxiety
(Always Learning) – Exam season is among us. If you’re feeling panicked about how you’ll get through, read this. Here are a few important ways you can address your anxiety head on.

Does Brainstorming Enhance Creative Thinking and Innovation?
(The Creative Mind) – Are groups inferior or superior to individual brainstorming when it comes to creativity? An interesting look at opposing thoughts on idea generation and brainstorming.

The Spoon Theory
(Living With Chronic Pain) – How do you help loved ones understand what you’re going through? The Spoon Theory provides a beautifully honest and illustrative way to describe the daily struggles you encounter living with chronic pain.

Mindfulness: Can It Make Parenting Easier?
(Mindful Parenting) – There’s no doubt that parenting is a difficult job. Find out why mindfulness could make it a little easier.

All About Forgiveness
(Lessons From the Couch) – What does it mean to forgive yourself and others? This post looks at a difficult subject with the definition of and intentions behind forgiveness.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 27 May 2013
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: May 28, 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 27, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/05/28/best-of-our-blogs-may-28-2013/

 

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