A year or so ago, my car was rear-ended. (In the UK, we used to call it having someone “go up the back of you”.) The damage to the car was minor, the damage to me – aside from the inconvenience of sorting it out – happily none.
But since then, I’ve noticed I spend far more time looking in the rear view mirror, cringing when other cars seem to be too close. And I never make that same right turn without wondering who’s going to kiss my rear – so to speak.
In other words, I’m anxious about something I really can’t control.
I’m not telling you to ditch all your apprehensions. That’s almost impossible, and I’d be an enormous hypocrite. But I do encourage you to notice what you’re worrying about, and ask yourself, is this something I can reasonably control, or even influence? If not, maybe you’d be better off turning your thoughts elsewhere, and figuring out what small actions you can take to mitigate your concerns. In fact, even catching yourself in the act of worrying can be a powerful step.
Do you care to share one of your worries here? Or how about a tip for worrying a little less?
A Spoonful of Serenity
Let’s leave anxiety to one side and turn to my Friday selection of useful resources for serenity seekers.
- I enjoyed these suggestions for how to declutter your mind. If sewing isn’t your thing, any gentle task for your hands may be helpful.
- How to relax without falling asleep!
- Finally, encouragement for the transition from busy to balanced.