Anxiety has become a common part of our every day vernacular. Publishers are even requesting more picture books on the topic for children. Children! Can you imagine?
And yet it makes sense. There’s so much instability in the world today and all that stress, fear and uncertainty trickles down to our kids.
While all this talk about anxiety is helping to normalize it. The trouble remains on how to help those suffering since untreated anxiety can be debilitating. It can shrink your life.
The good news is that there are many ways to cope and manage symptoms of fear and panic. In Freedom from Anxious Thoughts & Feelings, Scott Symington, PhD. uses the analogy of screens to explain and help people gain control when they feel out of control.
He calls it the, “Two-Screen Method.” On the front screen is everything going on in the moment now. It’s listening to your loved one. It’s laughing with a friend. It’s joy, presence and aliveness. Simultaneously, however, there is a side screen that’s constantly competing for your attention. This screen is where anxiety, addiction, and fears reside. The solution to dealing with things like anxiety, depression and addiction is to keep your focus on the front screen while being mindful and accepting of the side screen.
One way is to ground yourself in mindfulness. When we’re hyperfocused with an activity, we’re immersed in all five senses grounding us to where we are in this moment. No matter how seductive the side screen, we’re anchored to what we’re doing right now.
Whether you’re coping with change, learning how to set boundaries and feel your feelings, being present and grounding yourself can help. If you need more information, scroll down because our top posts this week all tackle these issues.
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