Anxiety brings with it many faces, but i’m sure you knew that already from experience. One of the most annoying symptoms of anxiety is the inability to properly make a decision. To have a mind clear enough to decide right then and there whether to take the stairs, or the elevator for example. The simplest tasks can seem like a 100 foot wall standing in front of you, and soon you may begin completely putting your life in the hands of your subconscious, non caring, non thinking ways.
This Is When Things Can Go Terribly Wrong
As I write this for you, the one suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, health anxiety or even a certain phobia such as agoraphobia today, I feel a sense of gratefulness. Grateful that I went through an anxiety disorder, and came out the other side maybe a little exhausted and mentally fatigued but that’s all. So don’t think for a second all hope is lost. The thinking process you have right now which may be pretty much non exisitent, is due to your deep sensitization, fears you may feel are lurking at every corner, and mental exhaustion due to the clutter in your mind. The inability to make straight forward decisions are common with constant anxiety, and as a house can be de-cluttered of the garbage, and useless items it holds for many years, so can your mind be rid of the very things that are preventing you from living the life you desire.
So How Do We Begin De-Cluterring So That Our Decision Making Comes Easy To Us Again?
Simple, just make a list. I can hear you now, Dennis I hate making lists! To that I say, would you trade in 10 minutes of your time to begin the process of de-cluttering your life so that you can finally, once and for all take power back from living a life of reaction and fear? I hear a YES! Awesome let’s get to it.
This list involves 6 very important areas of your life, and in each area I want you to pick out what part is causing you
It’s really not as easy as ‘just pick the gray one’ with anxiety…
mental, physical or even emotional exhaustion. The areas you will be writing about are:
- Health and Fitness
- Social Life
- Spiritual Development
So an example for your list may be under the category of social life, where the local pub you hang out weekly (or even daily which was the case for me during my past life with anxiety) is draining you physically because you’re throwing back one more beer then you know you should. This contributes to your exhaustion greatly, and only adds to your cluttered mind and reactive ways in the days after a night out. Another example may be your relationship with a friend that you may need to cut out because it’s simply too emotionally draining. I would know because i’ve had some pretty good friends in my time who’ve dropped their sad life experiences on me on a daily basis.
Now that you get the idea of how to de-clutter, end exhaustion and ultimately become a clearer decision maker.
Take some time now to grab your journal (for heavens sake get a journal if you don’t have one already) and begin writing! In a short amount of time this symptom of anxiety will be a thing of the past, and you’ll have only yourself to be proud of.
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