Anxiety is bloody boring.
Once I realised that, I was able to get a grip on my anxious mind.
It sounds simple. And maybe it is. But it’s also true. Insanely true.
Grab a notebook or stack of index cards. On each page or card, write down one worry you have right now.
Read out each worry over and over again, until it starts to get boring. Then throw it into the recycling bin.
It won’t take long.
A few minutes at most.
And then you’ll be all, “Ugh, my anxiety is mind-numbing!”
When you put the spotlight on your worries, they fade away.
It’s like when you’re meditating, and a thought pops into your head. The moment you focus on it, it drifts away on a wave.
This is called a ‘paradoxical technique’, because it has the opposite effect of what you would expect. You would assume that by concentrating on your worries, you’d make them worse. Surely they’ll be amplified and become even more overwhelming?
By focusing on your worries, you weaken their control. And you take a massive step towards managing your mind.
So, next time you’re feeling overrun by your anxiety, try this simple technique.
Get bored by your anxiety.
Say ho-hum to your fears.
And then go out there and live a bold and beautiful life.