Turning Stress and Anxiety Into Positive Action

AnxietyAnxiety, stress and depression are the body’s way of telling us something needs to change, or we are otherwise not on the right track.

The hard part is trying to figure exactly where the “right track” is once we’ve lost course.  This can bring on a whole new bout of stress, anxiety and depression.  We can easily become submerged in a vicious cycle, feeling as if there’s no way out of our current condition.

While I’m a big proponent of living in the now, we also need to dream about a more positive future.  In doing so, we can ACT in the now to bring about the desired results (results which should ultimately achieve a sense of calm and happiness).

While certain anxiety, stress and depression can develop from deep chemical imbalances within the body, requiring the assistance of clinical/medical treatments, a lot of these things can be fixed by rehabituating our thoughts and emotions, and then following up with real action.

Because of what I like to call the “convenience factor” in our society, we tend to want the magic pill that will fix all our ills.  In reality, accomplishing positive outcomes in our lives requires effort.  Sorry if that’s bad news for some of you, but obtaining results in our physical realm of being requires physical action.

anxietyfear“I don’t have enough money. I don’t have enough money. I don’t have enough money. I won’t be able to make my bills. Oh my gosh!”

STOP!  The most important thing you can do for yourself is stop the negative internal dialogue when it begins.  Our thoughts have energy.  Our bodies absorb (and create) energy.  Throwing out super negative thoughts can have an ill effect on your body and thus your surroundings.  Thinking about anxieties and fears does nothing to fix any of the things you’re anxious or fearful of.  Only direct action can do that.

“I’m fat. I’m fat. I’m fat.  I can’t wear summer clothes.  I won’t ever find love looking like this. I’m fat!”  STOP!  As these words are going through your head, what are you DOING?  Sitting on the sofa, driving your car, eating a cheeseburger?

Recognize the thing you’re anxious or fearful of, and DO SOMETHING about it.  Action is required in this physical plane that we currently inhabit.  While thoughts are energy, they should be the energy to spur us to physical action.

Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.” – Ovid

Don’t have enough money?  Stop stressing about it and DO SOMETHING about it.  Save money.  Get a job.  Get a BETTER job.  Earn a degree to get a better a job.  Work harder, save more.  Painful as taking action may be, it’s much easier than being caught up in your head.

Too fat? Go on a diet.  Exercise. Exercise more.  Stop drinking soda. The problem with us, in our Western society, is that we tend to resist anything uncomfortable.  Sweating is uncomfortable. At first anyway.  But once you make it a new habit, it becomes just that – a good habit.

Great change requires great sacrifice; whether it’s sacrificing an outmoded behavior or belief system or getting rid of all the clutter in your home.  You must let go of the old to make way for the new; otherwise, you have no room for the new.  Fear and anxiety filling up your head won’t leave much room for joy and happiness.

The next time you catch yourself getting caught up in the pain of the now, remember you can do something to alleviate it – even if it’s simply changing the way you emotionally REACT to the pain of the now.

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